15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Dominical
— 5 nights
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Bogarin Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Los Lagos Hot Springs. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo to see Butterfly Conservatory about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, identify plant and animal life at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning app.

Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dominical.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominical

— 5 nights
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Playa Espadilla Norte. Visit Palo Seco Beach and Playa Bejuco for some beach relaxation. Explore Dominical's surroundings by going to Manuel Antonio (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Spas) and Quepos (La Playita & Marina Pez Vela). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Parque Reptilandia, kick back and relax at Dominicalito Beach, and stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Dominical road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Dominical takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Dominical

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tamarindo

— 4 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Escape the urban bustle at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Dantita. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas and Arenas Blancas. Change things up with these side-trips from Tamarindo: Reserva Conchal Golf Course (in Brasilito), Playa Danta (in Las Catalinas) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and look for gifts at Cheboards.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo online route planner.

Traveling by car from Dominical to Tamarindo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.