15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  12​h 15​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
shuttle:  1​h
3
Jaco
— 4 nights
ferry:  1​h
4
Montezuma
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Toronto

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, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner .

Toronto, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Toronto to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors
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 23rd (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond. Here are some ideas for day two: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Monteverde visit planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

4
nights
Jaco

Jaco ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Spas (in Quepos), Manuel Antonio (Playa Manuel Antonio & River Rafting & Tubing) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). There's still lots to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, enjoy breathtaking views from El Miro, enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco.

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You can take a shuttle from Monteverde to Jaco in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to ride a ferry to Montezuma.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Spas, Tarcoles Bridge, Poas Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Zipline

1
night
Montezuma

With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
On the 29th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Montezuma visit planning website .

Traveling by ferry from Jaco to Montezuma takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Montezuma

Tours Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Spas

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Montezuma to Santa Teresa in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's by the Sea.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip maker app .

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Highlights from your plan
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

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