15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Jose
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Monteverde
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sol Tropical Day Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Namu, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in February, things will get warmer in San Jose: highs are around 30°C and lows about 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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 Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical) and Zipline (in Jaco). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, walk around Parque Nahomi, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Zipline, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

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Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning site .

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
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 21st (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde road trip planning app .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading 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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