15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night

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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.
Bring the kids along to Top Travel Costa Rica and Museo de Arte Costarricense. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Souvenir Muy Tranquilo (in Fraijanes). Next up on the itinerary: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary maker app.

New York City, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Jose is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Jose when traveling from New York City in August, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Photography Tours
Museo de Arte Costarricense ©
Museo de Arte Costarricense

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Spas · Parks · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

2
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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Playa Conchal and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, push the limits with Pinilla Canopy Tour, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and trot along with Casagua Horses Tours.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Playa Manuel Antonio and Zipline. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este), Jaco (Mirador de Jaco, Costa Rica SUP'ers, &more) and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena (in Uvita). There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, test your problem-solving skills at Costa Rica Escape Bus, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio visit app.

Getting from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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

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San Jose

San Jose ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Va de nuevo, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, and finally steep yourself in history at Ruins of the Church of Carthage.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Historic Sites · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
River Rafting & Tubing
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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