15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Carate
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Monteverde
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  16​h
End: London

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Cartago Central Market (in Cartago). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Irazu Volcano National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner .

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from London to San Jose, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in October, with highs in San Jose at 31°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Irazu Volcano National Park, Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Cartago Central Market
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

1
day
Carate

Carate ©
On the 8th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Corcovado National Park.

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Traveling by car from San Jose to Carate takes 7.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Carate

Nature Parks
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Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado 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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, nightlife, wildlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll around Parque Nahomi, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio visit planning tool .

Drive from Carate to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

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.
On the 12th (Sat), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In October in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

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, parks, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

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Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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 16th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and then look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde. Here are some ideas for day two: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and then view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

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