15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Corralejo, Fuerteventura
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  30​h
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
San Jose
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Quepos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Corralejo, Fuerteventura

1
night
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 17th (Thu): stroll through Tamarindo Beach and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa Avellana and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo day trip planner .

Corralejo, Spain to Tamarindo is an approximately 30-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Corralejo to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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.
Get outdoors at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) and Baldi Hot Springs. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, identify plant and animal life at Proyecto Asis, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip app .

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, view the masterpieces at Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio General de San Jose.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read San Jose holiday maker site .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Quepos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Cartago
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Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

2
nights
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, and then stop by Super Joseth.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Quepos trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a bus from San Jose to Quepos in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ecological Sanctuary and Santa Elena Skywalk. Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, explore the world behind art at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts, and take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monteverde travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Quepos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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