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 + shuttle:  22​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
bus + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— Few hours
bus + Fly:  20​h 15​min
Belgrade

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 2nd (Fri), get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and then look for gifts at Souvenir Leo. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online itinerary planner .

Belgrade, Serbia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

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Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Tabacon Hot Springs

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.
On the 4th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, look for gifts at Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop, then look for gifts at Meli Melo Boutique, then relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and finally look for gifts at House of Cigars.

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You can 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, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

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Quepos
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House of Cigars ©
House of Cigars

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda, look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda Baru, and finally look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Here are some ideas for day two: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita road trip tool .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

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Dominical, Hacienda Baru
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Magic Ananda ©
Magic Ananda

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, stroll through Monteverde Theme Park, and then stop by Hummingbird Gallery. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of bus and shuttle from Uvita to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): trot along with a tour on horseback and then view the masterpieces at Koss Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then kick back and relax at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones).

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Samara road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Nosara
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Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Koss Art Gallery ©
Koss Art Gallery
Spas & Wellness

2
days
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 12th (Mon), stop by Lydia Beech Art, stop by Papaya Con Leche, and then explore and take pictures at Kingpin Sportfishing. Keep things going the next day: get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, then look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo vacation tool .

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Bolas Locas Mini Golf ©
Bolas Locas Mini Golf

1
day
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 14th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Hidden Garden Art Gallery
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

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