15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Ferry
3
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
5
Vara Blanca
— 1 day
Drive
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Shuttle to Playa Panamá, Fly to Montreal

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Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stroll through Playa Conchal and then view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, stop by Cheboards, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo road trip planning app.

Montreal, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Teresa

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Santa Teresa road trip site.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and River Rafting & Tubing. We've included these beaches for you: Playa Biesanz and Uvita Beach. The adventure continues: see MidWorld Costa Rica, explore and take pictures at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio holiday maker website.

You can ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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.
On the 28th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Vara Blanca

— 1 day
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 29th (Sat), join in the after-dark buzz at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca online day trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Nightlife

Side Trip

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Proyecto Asis. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, and explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.