15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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
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
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  21​h 45​min
Belgrade

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco route maker .

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. In February, Playas del Coco is warmer than Belgrade - with highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

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Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
days
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.
On the 4th (Sun), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and finally meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Playas del Coco to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

2
days
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.
On the 6th (Tue), take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip maker .

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough 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
River Rafting & Tubing

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

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

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Zipline
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Spas & Wellness

1
day
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), take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, then identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita online visit planner .

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

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Dominical, Hacienda Baru
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
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Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

1
day
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.
On the 12th (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then stroll through Playa Hermosa.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa travel route tool .

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 on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

2
days
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Kingpin Sportfishing, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. February in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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