15 days in Costa Rica & Mexico City Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica & Mexico City Itinerary

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Mexico City, Mexico
— 5 nights
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica — 1 night

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 8th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, look for gifts at Urban Eclectic Jewelry, and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Tamarindo tour builder.

Vancouver, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.
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Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Beaches
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Monteverde, Costa Rica — 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 9th (Wed): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip builder tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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Parks · Wildlife · Spas

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica — 4 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica — 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 14th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero online sightseeing 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 November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica — 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.
On the 15th (Tue), get outside with Outdoor Activities, then get outside with Jackpot Sport Fishing, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Mexico City.
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Mexico City, Mexico — 5 nights

City of Palaces

Breathtakingly large, Mexico City provides a home for almost 9 million people living in nearly 1,700 distinct neighborhoods.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mexico City: San Juan Teotihuacan (Museo Manuel Gamio Centro de Estudios Teotihuacanos & Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan Estacionamiento Puerta 5). There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at Museo Nacional de Antropologia, examine the collection at Museo Frida Kahlo, explore the historical opulence of Chapultepec Castle, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mexico City trip app.

Traveling by flight from Manuel Antonio to Mexico City takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
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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.
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