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
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the galleries of Galeria Estudio, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday planner.

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 (UYT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
ChocoMuseo La Fortuna ©
ChocoMuseo La Fortuna

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, explore the world behind art at Museo Municipal de Cartago, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary 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, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold 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 18th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For more things to do and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker tool.

You can 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 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
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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 20th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then browse the exhibits of Arte Jaguar Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecological Sanctuary, then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and then admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Chorotega Arts & Crafts ©
Chorotega Arts & Crafts

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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.
Relax by the water at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Hermosa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal) and Costa Rica'n Art Craft (in Liberia). There's lots more to do: do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, and stroll through Monkey Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 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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