15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Monteverde
— 3 nights
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
5
Poas Volcano National Park
— 3 nights

3
nights
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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London, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Monteverde. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Mirador de Jaco). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio tour site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
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 17th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Tortuguero are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

4
nights
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: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), get outside with Parque Recreativo Los Manantiales and then take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park travel planning website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Chorros Waterfalls, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls

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