15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  16​h 45​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h 30​min
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Cahuita
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Rome

2
nights
San Jose

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose road trip planner .

Rome, Italy to San Jose is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Rome to San Jose, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rome in August: highs in San Jose hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

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River Rafting & Tubing
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
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 11th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: choose your vessel at Tortuguero Adventures and then examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero online driving holiday planner .

You can take a shuttle from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. August in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
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Tortuguero Adventures
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

3
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Spend the 15th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park, admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cahuita holiday maker app .

Take a shuttle from Tortuguero to Cahuita in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Tortuguero in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Cahuita, with lows around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Cahuita

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Side Trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, then admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos journey maker .

Traveling by car from Cahuita to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

3
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, nightlife, nature, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Monteverde

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 21st (Wed): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde online trip maker .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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