15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica attractions planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo — 1 night

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 23rd (Sat), look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo attractions planner.

Montreal, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 2 nights

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 25th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: stroll through El Trapiche Tour and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.
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Jaco — 2 nights

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Jaco trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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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.
On the 29th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio attractions planning tool.

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.
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Vara Blanca — 1 night

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Vara Blanca road trip website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 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, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, push the limits with an extreme tour, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip site.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 2 nights

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 wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero online trip itinerary maker.

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 August, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 6th (Sat), you're off to home.
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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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