15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  25​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  2​h 45​min
5
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Dubai

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes, take a memorable tour with Tours, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 10 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
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.
On the 31st (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Monteverde tour app .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zipline (in Jaco) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, walk around Parque Nahomi, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Zipline, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife 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.
On the 5th (Sun), learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip planner .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). It doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Tortuguero to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Tortuguero in January, expect San Jose to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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