15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 1 night
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Fly to London Gatwick

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin and then take in nature's colorful creations at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour builder site.

London, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
On the 10th (Mon), delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde itinerary planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
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 12th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then see MidWorld Costa Rica, and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Beaches

Jaco

— 1 night
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jaco Beach and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco road trip planning website.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Carmen and then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip maker tool.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Playa Samara

— 2 nights
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 18th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Guiones. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall and then stroll through Samara Beach.

Discover how to plan a Playa Samara trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then look for gifts at Secret Spot VIP Tours, and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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.