15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
3
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
6
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, thenglide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then look for gifts at Meli Melo Boutique. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, thentake a memorable tour with Tours, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Manuel Antonio vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Brussels, Belgium to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Brussels to Manuel Antonio due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, thenwhizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde visit planning tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

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

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, thenstroll through Monkey Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo tour planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get interesting insight from Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and make a splash at Kalambu Hot Springs.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

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
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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 30th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

2
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 31st (Sun), admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Else Kientzler Botanical Garden and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Poas Volcano National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Vara Blanca, Else Kientzler Botanical Garden
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Else Kientzler Botanical Garden ©
Else Kientzler Botanical Garden

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