15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Bratislava
+3
bus + Fly + bus + shuttle:  20​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
6
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Bratislava

4
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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, look for all kinds of wild species at La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online vacation planner .

Bratislava, Slovakia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

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
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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 1st (Wed), examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero holiday builder tool .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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 (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

Before you visit Manuel Antonio, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Spas, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): experience the excitement of Curi Cancha Reserve, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
nights
Tamarindo

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 6th (Mon): stroll through Tamarindo Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Los Chorros Waterfalls and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Keep things going the next day: get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then look for all kinds of wild species at Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Poas Volcano National Park online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre, Los Chorros Waterfalls, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls

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