15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose
— 2 nights
2
Jaco
— 2 nights
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
6
Tamarindo
— 3 nights

2
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.
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 pause for some serene contemplation at 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 °C and °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

Side Trips

Cartago, Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum, Multiplaza
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2
nights
Jaco

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. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Zukia Art Gallery, get interesting insight from Tours, stop by Fruity Monkey Poop, thensurround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Jaco day trip planning app.

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

Things to do in Jaco

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tarcoles, Carara National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Spas. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Walking tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Uvita Beach (in Uvita) and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical).

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 Tours Parks

Side Trips

Dominical, Uvita Beach, Nauyaca Waterfalls Nature Park, Spas
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River Rafting & Tubing
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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, thenkick back and relax at Playa Cocles, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach.

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 Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours, thenstroll 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, thentrek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, 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 car; 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

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

3
nights
Tamarindo

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, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours and then get interesting insight from Tours.

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 travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas

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