15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Liberia
— 2 nights

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Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 13th (Sun), stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca travel tool.

San Francisco, USA to Vara Blanca is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Shopping

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
4.9

4
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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and walk around Bogarin Trail.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4
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Canyoning / Rapelling Tour
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
4.7

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Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©

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 18th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero holiday planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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National Park
Tortuguero National Park
4.4

2
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Cahuita

With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cahuita journey maker.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Cahuita in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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National Park
Cahuita National Park
4.8

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.
You've now added Manuel Antonio National Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take the plunge with Skydive Costa Rica, find your balance on the water with Pineapple Tours, then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Cahuita to Manuel Antonio in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Pineapple Tours
5.0
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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
4.8

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 23rd (Wed), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, then 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 admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Monteverde travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
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Zipline
4.2

2
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Liberia

Liberia ©

White City

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 25th (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Liberia trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Liberia, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 82°F at night. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks · Nature

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