15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Monteverde
— 1 night
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
5
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
6
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, 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 Frog Pond.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planning tool.

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

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

San Luis Waterfall
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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 28th (Tue): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo itinerary 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 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, trot along with a tour on horseback, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano.

To plan La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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 3rd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip planning app.

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. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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.
On the 4th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get interesting insight from Tours, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip website.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

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

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 6th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano, stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To see maps and tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Vara Blanca, Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Los Chorros Waterfalls
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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