15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel route builder

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Poas Volcano National Park
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Shuttle to San Jose, Fly to Casablanca

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Poas Volcano National Park

— 1 night
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.
Keep things going the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park day trip planning site.

Casablanca, Morocco to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Casablanca to Poas Volcano National Park due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.
On the 17th (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get interesting insight from Tours, and then stroll around Manuel Antonio National Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio tour planner.

Getting from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Monteverde

— 2 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 19th (Tue): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Curi Cancha Reserve, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip builder website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Adventure · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): kick back and relax at Samara Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Buena Vista, and then kick back and relax at Playa Islita. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Playa Dantita and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

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Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.