15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Jaco
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Uvita
— 2 nights
4
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights

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Jaco

Jaco ©
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 2nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Jaco day trip website.

Tijuana, Mexico to Jaco is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Tijuana to Jaco due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

2
nights
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 (Sat), stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty. On your second day here, trot along with a tour on horseback, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio travel route planner.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Walking tours
Horseback Riding Tours

2
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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 6th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ventanas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip builder.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

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Kayaking & Canoeing
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa road trip planning website.

You can ride a ferry from Uvita to Santa Teresa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

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.
On the 9th (Thu), wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, stroll through Monkey Park, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Diamante Boutique, then stroll through Tamarindo Beach, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo attractions app.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Off-Road Tours
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Butterfly Conservatory and ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's lots more to do: trek along Arenal 1968 Trail, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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