15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation planner
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at La Fortuna Waterfall and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Sanctuary Reserve.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route planning tool.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Buenos Aires to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Uvita.
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Uvita — 2 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.
On the 15th (Thu), stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours, then ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and then stay fit while traveling at Health/Fitness Clubs & Gyms.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Uvita driving holiday planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Uvita in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 2 nights

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 17th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then look for gifts at The Captain's Booty. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): stroll around Parque Nahomi, see Off-Road Tours, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio holiday builder tool.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) 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.
On the 19th (Mon), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Jaco trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 2 nights

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 20th (Tue): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. On your second day here, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, catch all the local highlights with El Trapiche Tour, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally look for gifts at Foresta.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Monteverde vacation builder.

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Monteverde are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 4 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Avellana. Venture out of the city with trips to Sea Star Souvenir (in Brasilito) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly 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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