15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
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Montezuma
— 1 night
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Playa Samara
— 1 night
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights

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San Jose

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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.
Doka Estate Coffee Tour has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the local highlights with Doka Estate Coffee Tour, don't miss a visit to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez, and then see a show at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Jose day trip website.

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Toronto to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Toronto in February: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Nightlife · Historic Sites

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jaguar Rescue Center. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get interesting insight from Jaguar Rescue Center, then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip builder website.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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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 4th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte.

Plan trip to Manuel Antonio with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Montezuma.

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Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Montezuma trip builder app.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Manuel Antonio to Montezuma in 5.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

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Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

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Playa Samara

Playa Samara
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.
To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Playa Samara trip planner.

Drive from Montezuma to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 6th (Fri), you're off to Tamarindo.

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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Playa Danta. Visiting Tamarindo Beach and Playa Dantita will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, take a memorable tour with Tours, and stop by Buena Nena.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip builder tool.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, stroll through Valle Escondido Preserve, and then explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sustainability Demonstration Center, look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online visit planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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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 some cultural insight at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and Wood & Art Gallery. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Bogarin Trail. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately El Castillo away. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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