15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Poas Volcano National Park
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Poas Volcano National Park

— 1 night
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the sheer force of Los Chorros Waterfalls. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Poas Volcano National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 7th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero day trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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 8th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. On the next day, see Off-Road Tours, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Jaco

— 2 nights
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 10th (Sat), get interesting insight from Tours and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, then take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Jaco online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Arte Jaguar Gallery, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Monteverde online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, then stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip builder app.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.