15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica attractions planner
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Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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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, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Spokane, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 1 night

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero attractions 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 June, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.
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Nature · Parks
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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 20th (Tue), stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.
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Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

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.
On the 22nd (Thu), see Off-Road Tours and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Jaco road trip tool.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.
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Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

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.
On the 24th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Monteverde trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 3 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. On the next day, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly back 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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