15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Riga
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  22​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  2​h 45​min
3
San Jose
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Riga

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, stroll through Proyecto Asis, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Riga, Latvia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero travel itinerary planner .

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 February in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Adventure
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, and contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Tortuguero to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Tortuguero in February, plan for a bit cooler days in San Jose, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Irazu Volcano National Park, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

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.
Go for a jaunt from Manuel Antonio to Jaco to see Zipline about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see Off-Road Tours, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip maker tool .

You can take a bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Quepos, Zipline
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

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