15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Thu), browse the exhibits of Arte Jaguar Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Monteverde road trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Vara Blanca trip planning website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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4
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online route builder.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 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 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
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.
On the 17th (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Tours
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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 18th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Cahuita National Park
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge ©
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

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 20th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Top Travel Costa Rica, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Jose vacation maker tool.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In October, daytime highs in San Jose are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Outdoors
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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