15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica journey planner

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San Jose
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive
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El Castillo
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
Drive
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Parrita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ojochal
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Isidro del General
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
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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.
To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose online tour itinerary planner.

Calgary, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Calgary in February: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. You'll set off for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for El Castillo on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife

El Castillo

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our El Castillo trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 9th (Sat), you're off to Tamarindo.

Things to do in El Castillo

Spas · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tamarindo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from El Castillo to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Mon) before leaving for Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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San Jose

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. On the 13th (Wed), you'll travel to Parrita.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Parrita

— 2 nights
For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Parrita day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Parrita takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You will leave for Ojochal on the 15th (Fri).

Things to do in Parrita

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Ojochal

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ojochal trip planner.

Drive from Parrita to Ojochal in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 17th (Sun), you're off to San Isidro del General.

Things to do in Ojochal

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

San Isidro del General

— 2 nights
To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Isidro del General trip itinerary website.

Drive from Ojochal to San Isidro del General in 1.5 hours. On the 19th (Tue), you'll travel to San Jose.

Things to do in San Isidro del General

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

San Jose

— 1 night
For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Isidro del General to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 20th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.4
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.