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:  5​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Tortuguero
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Manzanillo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Puerto Limon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Cartago
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
8
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Toronto

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Central Market (Mercado Central), Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and San Jose Urban Adventures. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get a taste of local nightlife at San Jose Urban Adventures and then hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central). Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

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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. In September, San Jose is a bit warmer than Toronto - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Nightlife Tours Shopping
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San Jose Urban Adventures ©
San Jose Urban Adventures
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Central Market (Mercado Central) ©
Central Market (Mercado Central)

3
nights
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.
To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero visit planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Jose in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Tortuguero, with lows around 26°C. On the 19th (Thu), you'll travel to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

2
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cahuita trip planning tool .

Getting from Tortuguero to Cahuita by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Cahuita sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. You'll set off for Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Cahuita

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is very close to Cahuita. You will leave for Manzanillo on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

2
nights
Manzanillo

Manzanillo
To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Manzanillo trip planner.

Manzanillo is very close to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. On the 25th (Wed), you're off toPuerto Limon.

Things to do in Manzanillo

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

1
night
Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon
To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Limon travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from Manzanillo to Puerto Limon takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Puerto Limon are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 26th (Thu), you'll travel to Cartago.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

1
night
Cartago

Cartago ©
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cartago vacation website .

Getting from Puerto Limon to Cartago by combination of flight and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or drive. In September, Cartago is a bit cooler than Puerto Limon - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. You'll set off for San Jose on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Cartago

Parks Historic Sites
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Jardin Botanico Lankester ©
Jardin Botanico Lankester

1
night
San Jose

San Jose
For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Jose day trip tool .

You can drive from Cartago to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 28th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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