15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Liberia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Geneva

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then steep yourself in history at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and finally explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, and finally wander the streets of Multiplaza.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Jose online trip planner .

Geneva, Switzerland to San Jose is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Geneva to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Jose when traveling from Geneva in July, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Escazu, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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.
On the 12th (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner .

Drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

The Captain's Booty
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then see the interesting displays at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Monteverde online trip maker .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planning tool .

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the galleries of Hidden Garden Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of La Ermita La Agonia, then take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, then look for gifts at Souvenir Ocarina, and finally view the masterpieces at Costa Rica Wild Art.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Liberia attractions planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Liberia by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Church of La Ermita La Agonia ©
Church of La Ermita La Agonia
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery

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.
You'll explore and learn at Onirica Art Gallery and Galeria Estudio. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, identify plant and animal life at Proyecto Asis, view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, and get a taste of the local shopping with Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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