15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Vara Blanca

— 1 night
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 1st (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. On the next day, contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then stroll through Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Vara Blanca day trip app.

Bogota, Colombia to Vara Blanca is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Bogota to Vara Blanca, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cahuita

— 2 nights
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cahuita route site.

Getting from Vara Blanca to Cahuita by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip planner.

You can drive from Cahuita to Tortuguero in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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, relax in the rural setting at Finca Loma Verde, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, and take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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 10th (Wed): wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, get in on the family fun at Canopy Vista Tamarindo, and then get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Tours · Beaches

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.
On the 12th (Fri), look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde attractions planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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.
On the 14th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at Yoga con Cyn and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.