15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
4
San Jose
— 4 nights
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ecological Sanctuary, Esteban Daily Guided Tours and Coffee'N Jungle Night Tour. On the 8th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, thenstroll through Curi Cancha Reserve, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Esteban Daily Guided Tours. On the next day, join in the after-dark buzz at Coffee'N Jungle Night Tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde holiday planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Coffee'N Jungle Night Tour ©
Coffee'N Jungle Night Tour
Esteban Daily Guided Tours ©
Esteban Daily Guided Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: whizz through the canopy at MidWorld Costa Rica.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio vacation planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
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 13th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Poas Volcano. Get some cultural insight at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Jade Museum. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, and see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Jose itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Tortuguero in January, things will get a bit cooler in San Jose: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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.
Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and get a dose of the wild on Ecocentro Danaus.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online sightseeing planner.

Getting from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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