15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
+3
Shuttle + Foot + Ferry + Bus:  3​h 30​min
3
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  15​h
End: Montreal, Quebec

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Onirica Art Gallery.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation builder.

Montreal, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 15-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Arte Jaguar Gallery. On the 3rd (Tue), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Monteverde holiday planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center ©
Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center

2
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 5th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa, look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Teresa holiday planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle, ferry, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

3
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): kick back and relax at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), look for all kinds of wild species at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, and then view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Playa Samara, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nosara
Highlights from your plan
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

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.
Family-friendly places like Playa Avellana and Playa Hermosa will thrill your kids. Relax by the water at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo travel planner.

You can take a bus from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Hermosa, Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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