15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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Jaco
— 1 night
7
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights

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Tamarindo

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 24th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary maker site.

Los Angeles, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, you will find days in Tamarindo are a bit warmer (82°F), and nights are much hotter (82°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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Pura Aventura
4.8

2
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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 26th (Sat): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

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You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
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Zipline
4.2

4
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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and stroll around Bogarin Trail.

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You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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National Park
Tortuguero National Park
4.4

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
4.9

1
night
Jaco

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Jaco holiday builder tool.

Drive from Vara Blanca to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

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Zipline
Zipline
4.7

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.
On the 4th (Mon), get interesting insight from Skydive Costa Rica, then glide peacefully along the water with Pineapple Tours, and then stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Pineapple Tours
5.0
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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
4.8

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