15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Monteverde
— 1 night
2
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
3
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
6
Manuel Antonio
— 1 day
7
Poas Volcano National Park
— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond, thenstroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde sightseeing planner.

Rosario, Argentina to Monteverde is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Rosario to Monteverde, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

2
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Guiones, stroll through SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, thenbrowse the exhibits of MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, and finally enjoy some diversion at Tennis Club Colibri. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach, thenkick back and relax at Barrigona Beach, and then stroll through Playa Garza.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara sightseeing site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Samara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Garza
Find places to stay May 27 — 29:
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones

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.
On the 30th (Thu), get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then have fun at Tamarindo Tennis & Pickleball Club.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo road trip planning app.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 3:
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero online road trip planner.

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 June, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
day
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 5th (Wed): look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Catarata Rio Agrio
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Catarata Rio Agrio ©
Catarata Rio Agrio

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