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
1
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Uvita
— 2 nights
ferry + taxi:  3​h 45​min
8
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Playa Samara
— 1 day
Fly:  22​h
End: Belgrade

2
nights
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), head outdoors with Crazy Alex CR and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip itinerary builder tool .

Belgrade, Serbia to Playas del Coco is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Expect much 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 on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Spas
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Spas & Wellness

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore and take pictures at Kingpin Sportfishing and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, then stop by Lydia Beech Art, then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, and finally stop by EK Art Jewelry.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo tour planner.

Drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Kingpin Sportfishing ©
Kingpin Sportfishing
Papaya Con Leche ©
Papaya Con Leche

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Wildlife Refuge, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Chocorart and then identify plant and animal life at La Ceiba. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey planner .

Getting from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. February in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
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Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge ©
Chocorart ©
Chocorart

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 9th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, and then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos route planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Museums
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Los Lagos Hot Springs ©
Los Lagos Hot Springs

1
night
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 10th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip app .

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. In February in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Espadilla Norte
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Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
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 11th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and then stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Uvita trip planning website .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars ©
Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars

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.
On the 13th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santa Teresa trip maker .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Uvita to Santa Teresa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

1
day
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 14th (Wed), stroll through Samara Beach and then view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read Playa Samara day trip site .

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Koss Art Gallery ©
Koss Art Gallery

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