15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
4
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
7
San Jose
— 2 nights

2
nights
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 31st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, stop by Diamante Boutique, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo online trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally examine the collection at Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Escondido Preserve, and then experience rural life at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Monteverde road trip planning website.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Luis Waterfall
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San Luis Waterfall ©
San Luis Waterfall
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve

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 4th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Spas
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional del Agua Juan Castro Blanco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca vacation builder app.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Parque Nacional del Agua Juan Castro Blanco, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bogarin Trail and Butterfly Conservatory. Change things up with a short trip to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

El Castillo, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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River Rafting & Tubing
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip itinerary app.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. April in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Tortuguero in April since evenings lows in San Jose dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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