15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning app.

Ottawa, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

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.
Escape the urban bustle at MidWorld Costa Rica and Playa Biesanz. Discover out-of-the-way places like Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and Meli Melo Boutique. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Super Joseth.

Planning Manuel Antonio trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Jaco

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jaco Beach and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then explore by horseback at Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Jaco trip maker website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Santa Teresa

— 1 night
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa trip app.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Playa Samara

— 2 nights
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Playa Samara attractions tool.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Tamarindo

— 1 night
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 12th (Wed): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, and then stop by Azul Profundo Boutique. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo day trip app.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.