15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
7
San Jose
— 3 nights

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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 13th (Fri), take a memorable tour with Tours, then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa. On your second day here, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip tool.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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Must see
Pura Aventura
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. On your second day here, look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

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 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
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Must see
Zipline
4.2

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.
On the 17th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and then walk around Parque Nahomi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio day trip tool.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

1
night
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 19th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Vara Blanca road trip site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

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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: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park, and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip itinerary maker site.

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 March, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors
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National Park
Tortuguero National Park
4.4
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Natural History Museum
Sea Turtle Conservancy
4.2
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.5

3
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San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, explore the galleries of Galeria Namu, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally stop by Holalola Souvenir Shop.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Tortuguero in March since evenings lows in San Jose dip to 21°C. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Scenic Drive · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Volcano
Poas Volcano
4.1
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Specialty Museum
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
4.4

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