15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 2 nights

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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get interesting insight from Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planning website.

Porto, Portugal to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Porto to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Must see
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
On the 8th (Wed), hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central), look for gifts at Chocolatería Sibú, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. Keep things going the next day: walk around Parque La Sabana and then revel in the low prices at Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose vacation builder website.

You can take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Art Gallery
Galeria Namu
4.9
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Chocolatería Sibú
4.7

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.
On the 10th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio road trip app.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for Santa Teresa on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Highlights from your trip
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.8

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
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.
On the 12th (Sun), stroll through Playa Hermosa and then stroll through Playa Santa Teresa.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Santa Teresa trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

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Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
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.
On the 13th (Mon), kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara online trip maker.

Drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip
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Beach
Samara Beach
4.4

1
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Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
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 14th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then stop by Papaya Con Leche. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique and then stroll through Playa Avellana.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo planning app.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Monteverde tour itinerary builder website.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your trip
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Historic Walking Area
Santa Elena Skywalk
3.9
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery
4.8

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