15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + Taxi:  28 h
1
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
4
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: Tel Aviv

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Monteverde Theme Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Bat Jungle and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. On the 29th (Sun), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde travel itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Monteverde is an approximately 28-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Monteverde. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

3
nights
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. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Catedral de Ciudad Quesada in Quesada, about 1:20 hours away.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Nature Park Walk and then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Cahuita travel planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in February, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Nature Park Walk
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3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Zipline. Explore hidden gems such as Tamarindo Beach and Lydia Beech Art. Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Playa Flamingo) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal).

For reviews and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, shuttle, and flight from Cahuita to Tamarindo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cahuita to Tamarindo. When traveling from Cahuita in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Tamarindo, with highs around 39°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Conchal
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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