15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Train to London Paddington, Train to London Gatwick, Fly to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 1 night
Drive
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Jaco
— 1 night
Bus to San Jose, Fly to Exeter

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Off-Road Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Sea Star Souvenir. Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Horseback Riding Tours in Playa Conchal--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary builder site.

Exeter, UK to Tamarindo is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Exeter to Tamarindo, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.
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Playas del Coco — 1 night

Coco Beach

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 9th (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at Angel's Hands Spa, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip website.

Getting from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Safaris and Los Lagos Hot Springs. Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Bogarin Trail. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and Rainmaker Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Jackpot Sport Fishing and Raindrop Spa. And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Safari Adventures, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio travel route app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Uvita.
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Uvita — 1 night

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 17th (Wed): stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita driving holiday planning tool.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Jaco.
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Jaco — 1 night

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): trot along with a tour on horseback, view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Jaco using our trip planner.

Getting from Uvita to Jaco by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
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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