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
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
On the 5th (Mon), go for a walk through Parque Central De Grecia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Athens, Greece to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Athens to Poas Volcano National Park due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stroll around Bogarin Trail.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour planner.

You can drive from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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 11th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero travel route 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, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then soothe aching muscles at Yoga con Cyn. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

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Drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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 14th (Wed), get interesting insight from Tours and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Jaco day trip site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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 15th (Thu): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can 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 17th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip site.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.