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 + shuttle:  22​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
Nosara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Belgrade

1
night
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 2nd (Fri), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Viento Fresco Waterfall.

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Belgrade, Serbia to Monteverde is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Belgrade to Monteverde, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall

3
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.
On the 4th (Sun), stroll through Butterfly Conservatory and then explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planner .

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Venado Caves, Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise 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 6th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see MidWorld Costa Rica.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. February in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Wildlife, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Naturalist Michael Araya Flores
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall and then stroll through Hacienda Baru.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Uvita journey planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nosara.

Things to do in Uvita

#Nature, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Hacienda Baru
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Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Santa Lucia Falls ©
Santa Lucia Falls

1
night
Nosara

Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll through SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, and then try for a hole-in-one at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nosara online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight from Uvita to Nosara in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Nosara can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

#Spas, #Wildlife, #Parks
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara ©
Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara

2
nights
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 11th (Sun): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry, then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, then admire all the interesting features of Kingpin Sportfishing, and finally look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo road trip planner.

Getting from Nosara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Tours, #Wildlife, #Adventure

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kingpin Sportfishing ©
Kingpin Sportfishing
Lydia Beech Art ©
Lydia Beech Art

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, then browse the exhibits of Hidden Garden Art Gallery, and then stroll through El Viejo Wetlands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Playas del Coco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Hidden Garden Art Gallery, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
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Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery

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