15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Bogota
Fly + Drive:  7​h
1
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Bogota

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at The Ark Herb Farm and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Poas Volcano National Park online day trip planner .

Bogota, Colombia to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Colombia Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Grecia, The Ark Herb Farm, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls
Finca  Organica ©
Finca Organica

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.
On the 27th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, stop by 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 next day: kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then stroll through Playa Avellana.

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Getting from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

1
night
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at Samara Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara visit planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. December in Playa Samara sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Belen Waterfall ©
Belen Waterfall

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
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, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online road trip planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
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.
On the 5th (Sun), learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero holiday planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
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 6th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Parque Nahomi and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Getting from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Parque Nahomi
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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