15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly + Drive:  20​h 15​min
1
Alajuela
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
San Jose
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  2​h 45​min
6
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Rome

2
nights
Alajuela

Alajuela ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get outside with Cavernas del Venado.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Alajuela tour itinerary maker site .

Rome, Italy to Alajuela is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. On the 18th (Sun), you're off toLa Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Alajuela

Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cavernas del Venado ©
Cavernas del Venado

2
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.
On the 18th (Sun), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip site .

La Fortuna de San Carlos is very close to Alajuela. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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 21st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, snap pictures at Guacimal River Bridge 2, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Guacimal River Bridge 2
Highlights from your plan
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Spas

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring nature at Manuel Antonio National Park. There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and walk around Parque Nahomi.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Jose using our trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 27th (Tue), you'll travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

2
nights
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 27th (Tue): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Jose in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tortuguero, with lows of 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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