15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  10​h
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
6
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Toronto

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, then look for gifts at Dolores Shop, and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planning site .

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Tamarindo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Conchal
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde online day trip planner .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

4
nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for La Fortuna de San Carlos using our trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero holiday planning site .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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 10th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then stroll through Playa Biesanz, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty. On your second day here, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

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

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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 12th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and then explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose day trip planning app .

Take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Jardin Botanico Lankester
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Jardin Botanico Lankester ©
Jardin Botanico Lankester
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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