15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Liberia
— Few hours
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Playa Flamingo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Mal Pais
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Montezuma
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

few
hours
Liberia

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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San Francisco, USA to Liberia is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Liberia is 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in August, with highs in Liberia at 91°F and lows at 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Liberia

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Zipline

3
nights
Playa Flamingo

Playa Flamingo ©
The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Flamingo trip itinerary app .

Getting from Liberia to Playa Flamingo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Pura Aventura, Potrero Beach, Playa Conchal, Playa Dantita
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Dantita ©
Playa Dantita
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

3
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Family-friendly places like Samara Beach and Barrigona Beach will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Playa Samara: Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates (in Santa Cruz) and Nosara (SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary & Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)). The adventure continues: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Playa Flamingo to Playa Samara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mal Pais.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates

1
night
Mal Pais

Mal Pais
On the 12th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mal Pais trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Mal Pais takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Montezuma.

Things to do in Mal Pais

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
nights
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Costa Rica Color, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Tortuga Island and then head off the coast to Tortuga Island.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Montezuma driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Mal Pais to Montezuma takes an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Tortuga Island
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Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Tortuga Island ©
Tortuga Island
Spas & Wellness

3
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 15th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Montezuma to Tamarindo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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