15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour itinerary builder

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

Start: Milan
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  21 h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h
6
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Milan

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Milan, Italy to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 22- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
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.
On the 11th (Wed), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and finally look for gifts at Dolores Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip site.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall. On your second day here, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, then whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online holiday planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Monteverde, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

San Luis Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, and then browse the exhibits of The Captain's Booty. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then look for gifts at Jungle Avenue.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Tortuguero online trip itinerary planner.

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 shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano, then admire the sheer force of Los Chorros Waterfalls, and then experience rural life at Finca Organica.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Poas Volcano National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grecia, Vara Blanca
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls
Finca  Organica ©
Finca Organica

Similar Plans

19 days in Costa Rica & Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 18 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 16 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: September, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 38 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular sights Preferences: June, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 21 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SPAIN August, teens, outdoors, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems Preferences: August, teens, outdoors, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 21 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SPAIN August, teens, hidden gems Preferences: August, teens Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 54 days in Central America BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, hidden gems Preferences: June, teens, kids Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 22 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM ITALY July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 33 days in Antigua, Costa Rica & Panama City BY A USER FROM GUATEMALA May, popular & hidden gems Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 28 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM NORWAY May, culture, outdoors, beaches, popular & hidden gems Preferences: May, culture, outdoors, beaches Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 24 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM NORWAY May, hidden gems Preferences: May Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 23 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans