15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Chachagua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Esterillos Este
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h
End: San Jose

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and finally wander the streets of Multiplaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum and then take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose holiday planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In November in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Chachagua.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Multiplaza
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Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

3
nights
Chachagua

Chachagua ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Arenal Eco Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Finca Luna Nueva and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada.

Before you visit Chachagua, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from San Jose to Chachagua in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Chachagua

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

El Castillo, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Catedral de Ciudad Quesada ©
Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
Finca Luna Nueva ©
Finca Luna Nueva

3
nights
Tenorio Volcano National Park

Tenorio Volcano National Park ©
Get in touch with nature at Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge and Rio Celeste. Change things up with these side-trips from Tenorio Volcano National Park: Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Llanos de Cortez Waterfall & Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja).

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tenorio Volcano National Park journey planner.

You can drive from Chachagua to Tenorio Volcano National Park in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge ©
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste

2
nights
Monteverde

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Monteverde Frog Pond. Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Monteverde to go to Barranca and see Playa Dona Ana, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle.

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Getting from Tenorio Volcano National Park to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Esterillos Este.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Playa Dona Ana
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

3
nights
Esterillos Este

Esterillos Este ©
Visiting Carara National Park and Palo Seco Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Esterillos Este side-trips: Tarcoles (Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles & Nature & Wildlife Tours).

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Esterillos Este online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Esterillos Este takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Esterillos Este

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tarcoles, Palo Seco Beach, Carara National Park
Highlights from your plan
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Bejuco ©
Playa Bejuco

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Traveling by car from Esterillos Este to Manuel Antonio takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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