15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Tilaran
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  2​h 45​min
6
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Houston

1
night
Tilaran

Tilaran ©
Tilarán is a small town in the Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. You've now added Pacific Trade Winds to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at La Reserva Forest Reserve and then see the top attractions with Pacific Trade Winds.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tilaran trip planner .

Houston, USA to Tilaran is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tilaran

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Trade Winds
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Trade Winds ©
Pacific Trade Winds

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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, take a memorable tour with Tours, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano.

Make your La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Tilaran to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Monteverde day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Manuel Antonio side-trips: Zipline (in Jaco), Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este) and Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary (in Dominical). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, walk around Parque Nahomi, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio road trip planner .

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Zipline, Parque Nahomi, Horseback Riding Tours, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

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Do a combination of taxi and bus from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tortuguero in September; daily highs in San Jose reach 81°F and lows reach 65°F. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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