15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary builder

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Tenorio Volcano National Park
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Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Rincon de La Vieja
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dominical
— 5 nights
Drive to Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Fly to Montreal

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Tenorio Volcano National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the activities along Rio Celeste.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tenorio Volcano National Park road trip planning tool.

Montreal, Canada to Tenorio Volcano National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in December, with highs in Tenorio Volcano National Park at 32°C and lows at 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips

Rincon de La Vieja

— 1 night
You've now added Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rincon de La Vieja trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Tenorio Volcano National Park to Rincon de La Vieja takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Rincon de La Vieja are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, explore the galleries of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rincon de La Vieja to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 3 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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Monteverde are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dominical.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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: Manuel Antonio (Playa Manuel Antonio, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more), Jaco (Neo Fauna CR & Zipline) and Quepos (Spas & Parque Nahomi). There's still lots to do: explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge and look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

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Drive from Monteverde to Dominical in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Dominical

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

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.