15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
6
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
7
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
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San Jose

— 2 nights
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 18th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia, browse the different shops at Lincoln Plaza, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, then look for gifts at Biesanz Woodworks, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Avenida Escazu. Keep things going the next day: savor the flavors at Mercado Natural de Curri, then browse the different shops at Momentum Pinares, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Multiplaza.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Jose driving holiday planner.

Memphis, USA to San Jose is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Memphis in October since evenings lows in San Jose dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 1 night

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): stop by Talamanca Family Art, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip maker website.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

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 21st (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

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

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, then walk around Parque Nahomi, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, and finally stroll around Manuel Antonio National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor), then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
On the 24th (Sun), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then get interesting insight from Tours, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally look for gifts at Bikinis Love Designs.

To see maps and other tourist information, use the Jaco trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Adventure

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 25th (Mon), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Sarah's Gallery, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip builder.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Tours

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
Head to Wood & Art Gallery and Galeria Estudiofor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

Start your trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Vara Blanca

— 2 nights
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): get a taste of local nightlife at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano, and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Nightlife

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.