15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
On the 4th (Sat), appreciate the views at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) and then admire the sheer force of Los Chorros Waterfalls. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park day trip app.

San Jose to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), Los Chorros Waterfalls, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Orosi River Valley  ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jaco (Fruity Monkey Poop, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, and walk around Parque Nahomi.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde route planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

5
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, trot along with a tour on horseback, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos visit website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

1
night
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nature Observatorio
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

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