15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Playa Panamá, Fly to Bristol

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Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Visit Tamarindo Beach and Playa Hermosa for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. There's lots more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planner.

Bristol, UK to Tamarindo is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Bristol to Tamarindo is minus 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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 1st (Wed), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then examine the collection at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde day trip planning website.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and Zipline. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Mirador de Jaco in Jaco, approximately Jaco away. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, walk around Parque Nahomi, take a memorable tour with Tours, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 7th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and look for all kinds of wild species at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

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.