15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel route planner

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Drive to Calgary International Airport, Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Las Catalinas
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Las Catalinas
— 1 day
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
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 day
Fly
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Gulf of Papagayo
— 1 night
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Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Calgary International Airport, Drive to Lethbridge

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Las Catalinas

— 1 day
Las Catalinas is a 490ha beach town on the Pacific Ocean in the Guanacaste Province of northwest Costa Rica. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stroll through Penca Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Dantita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Danta.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Las Catalinas day trip app.

Lethbridge, Canada to Las Catalinas is an approximately 14-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Las Catalinas

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
On the 25th (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip maker tool.

You can drive from Las Catalinas to Tamarindo in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · 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 27th (Fri): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then see MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

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, hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) 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 day

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 4th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero online visit planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to fly to Gulf of Papagayo.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Gulf of Papagayo

— 1 night
A concerted development project by the government given Gulf of Papagayo a growing number of luxury and all inclusive resort complexes and turned it into one of the country's leading holiday destinations.
On the 5th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Nacascolo.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gulf of Papagayo road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Tortuguero to Gulf of Papagayo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gulf of Papagayo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your 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.