15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Train to London Gatwick, Fly to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Shuttle to San José, Fly to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Manchester Airport, Drive to Nottingham

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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 2 nights

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.
Let the collections at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Onirica Art Gallery capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bogarin Trail and Safaris. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park in La Virgen, approximately La Virgen away. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planning tool.

Nottingham, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 2 nights

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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 11th (Fri): look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): stroll through Playa Punta Uva and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip website.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Uvita.
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Uvita — 3 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Uvita Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Off-Road Tours. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 3 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jackpot Sport Fishing and Horseback Riding Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Safari Adventures and Rainmaker Park. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Raindrop Spa, stop by Villa Vanilla Spice Tour & Shop, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio journey tool.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 3 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Head to Lydia Beech Art Boutique and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Artsfor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Playa Hermosa. Step out of Tamarindo to go to Playa Potrero and see Potrero Beach, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip maker.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.
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