15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Bus to San Jose, Fly to Dominical
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Dominical
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Shuttle to San José, Fly to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly

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Monteverde

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): catch all the local highlights with Ecoterra Costa Rica and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Pacific Trade Winds.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde vacation builder.

Lisbon, Portugal to Monteverde is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Monteverde is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 nights
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 14th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, and then get to know the resident critters at Arenal Eco Zoo.

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Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): join in the after-dark buzz at Tortuguero Adventures and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Dominical.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Dominical

— 3 nights
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Uvita Beach and Hacienda Baru Lodge. The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with Costa Rica Dive and Surf, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dominical trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Tortuguero to Dominical takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Dominical

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get the lay of the land with Mike’s Nature Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio route website.

Getting from Dominical to Manuel Antonio by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like River Rafting & Tubing and Potrero Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Playa Conchal and Tamarindo Beach. There's more to do: look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche and kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo travel planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.