15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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Chachagua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Esterillos Este
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and finally shop like a local with Multiplaza. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and then take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica.

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If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In November in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chachagua.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

3
nights
Chachagua

On the 18th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Arenal Eco Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Finca Luna Nueva and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chachagua trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Chachagua takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Chachagua

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

3
nights
Tenorio Volcano National Park

Take a break from the city and head to Rio Celeste and Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tenorio Volcano National Park online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chachagua to Tenorio Volcano National Park takes 2 hours. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

2
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Playa Dona Ana. Ecological Sanctuary and Santa Elena Skywalk are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Tenorio Volcano National Park to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Esterillos Este.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

3
nights
Esterillos Este

Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Bejuco. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Esterillos Este: Tarcoles Bridge (in Tarcoles), Palo Seco Beach (in Parrita) and Carara National Park (in Carara).

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Esterillos Este online vacation maker.

You can drive from Monteverde to Esterillos Este in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Esterillos Este

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

2
nights
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 29th (Thu): get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Esterillos Este to Manuel Antonio takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.