15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation builder

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San Jose
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
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Dominical
— 4 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Liberia
— 1 night
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San Jose

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then sample some tasty brews at Carpe Chepe.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose attractions planning website.

Montreal, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in December, with highs in San Jose at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Nightlife
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 nights

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jaguar Rescue Center. Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Viejo and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca vacation planning website.

You can drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Dominical.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

Dominical

— 4 nights
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sunset Surf Dominical - Day Lessons, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Costa Rica Surf Camp, and other attractions. Step out of Dominical with an excursion to Playa Manuel Antonio in Manuel Antonio--about 58 minutes away.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dominical trip planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Dominical takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Wed) before leaving for La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Dominical

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park as well as Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Dominical to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

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 1st (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Monteverde online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums
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Liberia

— 1 night

White City

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.
Rio Negro Hot Springs has been added to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Negro Hot Springs.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Liberia trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Liberia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You will leave for home on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Liberia

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:
Highlights from your trip

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.