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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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dominical
— 5 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 21st (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Rio Negro Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rincon de La Vieja trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Rincon de La Vieja is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Rincon de La Vieja is minus 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in December, with highs in Rincon de La Vieja at 32°C and lows at 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Nature · Parks

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planning app.

Getting from Rincon de La Vieja to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 28th (Tue): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and then browse the exhibits of Alas y Raices. On your second day here, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip maker site.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Monteverde can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Dominical.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Dominical

— 5 nights
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dominical: Jaco (Mirador de Jaco, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more) and Manuel Antonio (Playa Manuel Antonio & Nature & Wildlife Tours). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, soothe aching muscles at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dominical trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Dominical takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Dominical

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
On the 4th (Tue), look for gifts at Nahua.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Liberia trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Dominical to Liberia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Liberia

Shopping

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.