15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
2
Jaco
— 1 night
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
6
San Jose
— 2 nights

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Hermosa and Tamarindo Beach. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Off-Road Tours. Go for a jaunt from Tamarindo to Liberia to see Hidden Garden Art Gallery about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip builder app.

Beirut, Lebanon to Tamarindo is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Beirut to Tamarindo, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Hidden Garden Art Gallery, Playa Hermosa
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Off-Road Tours

1
night
Jaco

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.
On the 9th (Thu), get interesting insight from Tours, see Off-Road Tours, and then take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco route planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Jaco by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Off-Road Tours
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then browse the exhibits of The Captain's Booty.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio holiday builder tool.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Nauyaca Waterfalls Nature Park, The Captain's Booty
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Walking tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, and take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, stroll through Punta Uva Beach, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate and then browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita

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nights
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.
On the 17th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Ruins of the Church of Carthage, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, thentake an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana).

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, daytime highs in San Jose are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Cartago
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana) ©

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