15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Liberia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Nosara
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  22​h
End: Milan

1
night
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
On the 25th (Sun), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Liberia trip generator.

Milan, Italy to Liberia is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Liberia is minus 7 hours. In December, Liberia is warmer than Milan - with highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Mon) before leaving for Tamarindo.

Things to do in Liberia

Shopping
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Souvenirs La gran Nicoya ©
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Zipline.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Liberia to Tamarindo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Papaya Con Leche ©
Papaya Con Leche

3
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife and Zipline. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Samara (Koss Art Gallery, Kingfisher Sportfishing, & more). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Nosara Wildlife Sanctuary at Sibu, take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nosara trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Tamarindo to Nosara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Nosara

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Playa Samara
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Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
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3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Bat Jungle and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monteverde: Monteverde Orchid Garden (in Santa Elena), Catedral de Puntarenas (in Punta Arenas) and Viento Fresco Waterfall (in Tilaran).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monteverde vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Nosara to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Viento Fresco Waterfall, Catedral de Puntarenas
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ecotermales Fortuna and Lake Arenal.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
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Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis

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