15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Cahuita
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h 30​min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Playa Conchal
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Drake Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
10
Alajuela
— 1 night
End: Alajuela

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Irazu Volcano National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Jose online holiday maker .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In March, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Irazu Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

2
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Cahuita planning app .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Cahuita takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Cahuita sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Puerto Limon
Highlights from your plan
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita
Zipline

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.
For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cahuita to Tortuguero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): stroll through Ecocentro Danaus and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
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 4th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Alas y Raices.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Monteverde online tour planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Playa Conchal.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Nature Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Alas y Raices ©
Alas y Raices

3
nights
Playa Conchal

Playa Conchal ©
Tamarindo Beach has been added to your itinerary. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Danta.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Playa Conchal day trip planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Playa Conchal by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. You will leave for Manuel Antonio on the 8th (Mon).

Things to do in Playa Conchal

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Tamarindo Beach, Playa Brasilito, Playa Danta
Highlights from your plan
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Danta ©
Playa Danta

1
night
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.
You've now added Manuel Antonio National Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nahomi.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio journey maker site .

Getting from Playa Conchal to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nahomi
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

1
night
Uvita

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Uvita visit planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

2
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Corcovado National Park.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Drake Bay online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Uvita to Drake Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 13th (Sat), you're off toAlajuela.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
Highlights from your plan
Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park

1
night
Alajuela

Alajuela
For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Alajuela trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Alajuela takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Alajuela

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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