15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Zaragoza
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  27​h
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Cartago
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Cano Negro
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+3
bus + shuttle + Fly + train:  29​h
End: Zaragoza

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 30th (Sun): admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde holiday builder site .

Zaragoza, Spain to Monteverde is an approximately 27-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, ferry, and car. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Zaragoza to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

San Luis Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nahomi.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip maker .

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cartago.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

1
night
Cartago

Cartago ©
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Museo Municipal de Cartago, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ruins of the Church of Carthage, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santiago Apostol Parish Ruins, and finally contemplate the long history of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Cartago day trip app .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Cartago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Cartago sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cartago

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan

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.
On the 5th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero route planner.

You can drive from Cartago to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Cartago in July, Tortuguero is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, identify plant and animal life at Proyecto Asis, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route maker website .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cano Negro.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

1
night
Cano Negro

Cano Negro ©
On the 9th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cano Negro vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cano Negro takes 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Cano Negro are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Cano Negro

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge ©
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stroll through Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Cano Negro to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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