15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Rincon de La Vieja
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Rincon de La Vieja
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bijagua de Upala
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Bus to Jacó, Ferry to Montezuma
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Montezuma
— 3 nights
Drive
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Liberia
— 1 night
Fly

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Rincon de La Vieja

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Sensoria Land of Senses. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Negro Hot Springs and then get impressive views of Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rincon de La Vieja trip itinerary site.

Toronto, Canada to Rincon de La Vieja is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Toronto to Rincon de La Vieja, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Rincon de La Vieja is much warmer than Toronto - with highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll travel to Bijagua de Upala.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Bijagua de Upala

— 2 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bijagua de Upala: Miravalles Volcano (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Tree Chocolate Tour (in Upala).

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bijagua de Upala tour itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Rincon de La Vieja to Bijagua de Upala in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Bijagua de Upala can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Bijagua de Upala

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos planning app.

Drive from Bijagua de Upala to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
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 28th (Tue): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio road trip planning app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Montezuma.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Montezuma

— 3 nights
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montezuma: Santa Teresa (Playa Hermosa, Playa Santa Teresa, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and get outside with SunTrails Montezuma Waterfall Canopy Tour.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Montezuma road trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Manuel Antonio to Montezuma takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Montezuma

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Liberia

— 1 night

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Cataratas Llanos de Cortes and then relax in the rural setting at Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Liberia trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Montezuma to Liberia takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.