15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: La Fortuna de San Carlos
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
End: La Fortuna de San Carlos

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. Spend the 4th (Fri) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos custom trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to do a combination of to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

4
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Do some cultural sightseeing at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall and Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja. Visiting El Viejo Wetlands and Playa Hermosa will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Area de Conservacion Guanacaste: Hotel La Flor de Itabo Resort & Casino (in Playas del Coco) and Liberia (Africa Safari & Museo de Guanacaste).

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 4.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can do a combination of to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Museo de Guanacaste, Hotel La Flor de Itabo Resort & Casino
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Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Museo de Guanacaste ©
Museo de Guanacaste

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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then stop by Papaya Con Leche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo in 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
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.
On the 12th (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to fly to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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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.
Shop till you drop at Galeria Namu and Central Market (Mercado Central). Get some historical perspective at Guayabo National Park and Monument and Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). Venture out of the city with trips to Chocolatería Sibú (in San Isidro) and La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, find something for the whole family at Turu Ba Ri Tropical Park, stop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional).

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose custom trip planner.

You can fly from Santa Teresa to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In November, daytime highs in San Jose are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Chocolatería Sibú, Guayabo National Monument, Turu Ba Ri Nature & Adventure Park, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Guayabo National Monument ©
Guayabo National Monument
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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