15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 day
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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.
Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, head outdoors with El Salto, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, and take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos route maker tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 3 nights
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 2nd (Thu): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Viento Fresco Waterfall and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Visiting MidWorld Costa Rica and Mulguri Adventure will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio holiday maker.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

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 7th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In March, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get a taste of local nightlife at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca route 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Nightlife

Side Trips

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 9th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Tamarindo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.