15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel route planner
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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Bijagua de Upala
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Bijagua de Upala
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bajos del Toro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 5 nights
Drive
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Liberia
— 2 nights
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Bijagua de Upala — 2 nights

On the 20th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Las Aves de Tierras Altas and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): get impressive views of Sendero Las Sorpresas Rio Celeste and then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Celeste.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bijagua de Upala trip itinerary maker site.

Montreal, Canada to Bijagua de Upala is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Montreal to Bijagua de Upala, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Montreal in December; daily highs in Bijagua de Upala reach 32°C and lows reach 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bogarin Trail and Paradise Hot Springs. Get outdoors at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Plan my day in La Fortuna de San Carlos using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Bijagua de Upala to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bajos del Toro.
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Bajos del Toro — 2 nights

Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Catarata Rio Agrio and then stroll through Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bajos del Toro day trip planning tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Bajos del Toro in 2 hours. In December in Bajos del Toro, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.
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Playa Samara — 5 nights

A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Escape the urban bustle at Horseback Riding Tours and Playa Garza. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Barrigona Beach and Samara Beach. Explore Playa Samara's surroundings by going to Nosara (Equisol Retreats CR, SRL & Nosara Riversafari - Tours) and Playa Manzanillo (in Nicoya). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista, and take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara travel planner.

Getting from Bajos del Toro to Playa Samara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Bajos del Toro in December, Playa Samara is a bit warmer at night with lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Liberia.
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Liberia — 2 nights

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
On the 2nd (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas Llanos de Cortes and then get a dose of the wild on Rincon de la Vieja Mountain Lodge Canopy Tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Liberia planning site.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Liberia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You will leave for home on the 3rd (Mon).
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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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