15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Drive to Carrasco International /General C L Berisso Airport, Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Carrasco International /General C L Berisso Airport, Drive to Punta del Este

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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 a sense of the local culture at Wood & Art Gallery and ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. Take a break from the city and head to La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and look for gifts at Souvenir Leo.

Make your La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Punta del Este, Uruguay to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Uruguay Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Jade Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Iglesia La Soledad. Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum (in Orosi). There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, get engrossed in the history at Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia, look for gifts at Biesanz Woodworks, and see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose visit planner.

Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in San Jose are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
On the 19th (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip planning app.

Drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde visit planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then stop by EK Art Jewelry.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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.