15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
San Jose
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h
2
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: London

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Poas Volcano. Popular historic sites such as Teatro Nacional Costa Rica and Guayabo National Park and Monument are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Cartago (Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles & Ruins of the Church of Carthage). There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad, and don't miss a visit to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip app .

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. While traveling from London, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Jose, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cartago, Guayabo National Park and Monument, Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Guayabo National Park and Monument ©
Guayabo National Park and Monument

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.
Visit Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Parasailing & Paragliding. Step out of Manuel Antonio to go to Jaco and see Mirador de Jaco, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online trip builder .

Traveling by bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, and take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos journey site .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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