15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
bus + taxi:  3​h 30​min
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Poas Volcano National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: San Jose

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero day trip planner.

San Jose to Tortuguero is an approximately 3.5-hour shuttle ride. February in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

2
nights
Tamarindo

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 27th (Tue): have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Tortuguero to Tamarindo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, flight, and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tortuguero in February; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 39°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Bolas Locas Mini Golf ©
Bolas Locas Mini Golf

few
hours
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park road trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In March, Poas Volcano National Park is slightly colder than Tamarindo - with highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio travel route app .

Getting from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Poas Volcano National Park in March, expect nights in Manuel Antonio to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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

6
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online route planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle.

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Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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