15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Belgrade
Fly + bus:  20​h 15​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  3​h 45​min
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Belgrade

2
nights
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 2nd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, then view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Ocotal.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Playas del Coco vacation planning tool .

Belgrade, Serbia to Playas del Coco is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Belgrade in February; daily highs in Playas del Coco reach 39°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
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Playa Ocotal
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3
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood, identify plant and animal life at Ecological Sanctuary, and then take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall.

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Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Souvenir Rosewood ©
Souvenir Rosewood

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning website .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 8th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. February in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Naturalist Michael Araya Flores
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
On the 10th (Sat), look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, then identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru, and then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita vacation builder site .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Carmen.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa trip planning site .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Uvita to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 13th (Tue), admire all the interesting features of Kingpin Sportfishing and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, stroll through Playa Avellana, and then stop by Azul Profundo Boutique.

Before you visit Tamarindo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
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Playa Avellana
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

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