15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to Montreal

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route builder.

Montreal, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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 13th (Thu): get your game on at Formula Kart ,Indoor Karting CR, steep yourself in history at Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip maker site.

Take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors · Museums · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero online trip builder.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Jose in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Tortuguero. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, see MidWorld Costa Rica, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

Monteverde

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monteverde road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.