15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive
3
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
5
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to Sofia

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wood & Art Gallery and Onirica Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, trek along Senderos Los Tucanes, and relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route builder website.

Sofia, Bulgaria to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sofia to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Cahuita

— 2 nights
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
On the 14th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cahuita trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

San Jose

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Irazu Volcano National Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Galeria Namu. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose journey planner.

Drive from Cahuita to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Cahuita in February, plan for slightly colder days in San Jose, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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 (Fri), stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio vacation planner.

Drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Monteverde

— 3 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ecological Sanctuary and Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Get outdoors at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, explore the galleries of Arte Jaguar Gallery, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

Plan trip to Monteverde with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

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 (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

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.