15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

Make it your trip
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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San Jose

— 2 nights
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 14th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, and then contemplate the long history of Ruins of the Church of Carthage. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, take a stroll through Multiplaza, and then take an in-depth tour of Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Jose vacation planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in November, expect San Jose to be warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Jaco

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park and then view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours, then stop by Fruity Monkey Poop, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Jaco online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from San Jose to Jaco by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Beach. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Nauyaca Waterfalls Nature Park. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store in Dominical--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

Walaba

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate and then pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Uva.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then stroll around Bogarin Trail, and then get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, then trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and finally take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 25th (Wed), wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo day trip tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.