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
— 5 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive
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Playa Flamingo
— 2 nights
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Bus to San Jose, Fly to Madrid, Train to Barcelona

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, head outdoors with El Salto, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your La Fortuna de San Carlos trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Barcelona, Spain to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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.
On the 20th (Sun), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, see MidWorld Costa Rica, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip builder app.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Tortuguero

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Vara Blanca

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): join in the after-dark buzz at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca trip itinerary planner.

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 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Nightlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo

— 2 nights

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Flamingo trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Vara Blanca to Playa Flamingo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.