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
bus:  3​h
2
Manuel Antonio
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: London

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Step off the beaten path and head to Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. There's more to do: enjoy some music at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose sightseeing planning tool .

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to San Jose. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in April, with highs in San Jose at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Nature & Wildlife Tours, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion
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5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Mirador de Jaco (in Jaco), Horseback Riding Tours (in Esterillos Este) and Uvita Beach (in Uvita). There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Take a bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Horseback Riding Tours, Uvita Beach
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

5
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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the galleries of Galeria Estudio, explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables, and take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery.

Start your trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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