15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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San Jose
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights

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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.
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

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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.
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 de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum. Step out of San Jose to go to Poas Volcano National Park and see Poas Volcano, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose online driving holiday planner.

You can take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can take a shuttle to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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.
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.

Take a shuttle from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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

Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 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
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

2
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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 take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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