15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
5
San Jose
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Dublin

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning tool .

Dublin, Ireland to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step off the beaten path and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Spas. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Off-Road Tours. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, stroll through Monkey Park, and look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo holiday builder tool .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Shark Diving
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then browse the exhibits of Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Jaco tour itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Jaco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Off-Road Tours
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

3
nights
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.
Visit Playa Manuel Antonio and Uvita Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Waterfall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Uvita). It doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and walk around Parque Nahomi.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Uvita, Dominical, Parque Nahomi
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez, and finally see a show at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and finally take a stroll through Multiplaza.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose travel route planner .

Take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. December in San Jose sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Multiplaza, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
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Museo de Arte Costarricense ©
Museo de Arte Costarricense
Multiplaza ©
Multiplaza

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles. On the next day, stroll through Nature Observatorio and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online tour itinerary maker .

You can take a bus from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Nature Observatorio
Highlights from your plan
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

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