15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour itinerary maker

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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Quepos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Playa Conchal in Playa Conchal--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, stroll through Tamarindo Beach, and get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo tour itinerary planner.

Porto, Portugal to Tamarindo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Porto to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and get outside with Flow Trips.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 27th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero attractions planning tool.

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. July in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Quepos

— 2 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
On the 28th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Quepos, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Quepos takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Jaco

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 30th (Fri), see Off-Road Tours and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: push the limits with an extreme tour and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Quepos to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. On the next day, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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.