15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights

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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 2nd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, then look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo tour itinerary builder app.

Faro, Portugal to Tamarindo is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Ecological Sanctuary. Chorotega Arts & Crafts and Arte Jaguar Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, view the masterpieces at Art House, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

Discover how to plan a Monteverde trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 6:
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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 7th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Mike’s Nature Tours.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio road trip planning website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
On the 9th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then explore the galleries of Galeria Namu, and finally examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, then examine the collection at Museo Municipal de Cartago, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in San Jose sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©

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.
On the 11th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip planning tool.

You can drive from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Jose in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tortuguero, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

3
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.
Onirica Art Gallery and Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

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