15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  2​h 45​min
End: San Jose

2
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.
Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, and cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Jose. In October, daytime highs in San Jose are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Irazu Volcano National Park, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
Highlights from your plan
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Zipline). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and see Off-Road Tours.

Plan my trip to Manuel Antonio with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from San Jose to Manuel Antonio by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing

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 29th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde sightseeing site .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 31st (Thu), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal and then get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes, and experience rural life at Finca Loma Verde.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planning website .

Drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

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

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 6th (Wed): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero online trip maker .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

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