15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion and Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. When in San Jose, make a side trip to see Poas Volcano in Poas Volcano National Park, approximately Poas Volcano National Park away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and view the masterpieces at Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Jose online holiday planner.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in March: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 5th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, stroll through La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Paradise Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. Get in touch with nature at La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, get outside with El Salto, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and expand your horizons at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

Plan a La Fortuna de San Carlos trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and Uvita Waterfall. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take a memorable tour with Tours, and view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Walking tours

3
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Monteverde

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip maker.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Arte Jaguar Gallery ©
Arte Jaguar Gallery

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