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
Drive:  4​h
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
shuttle:  5​h
Tortuguero
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: San Jose

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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 4th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Viejo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca holiday website .

San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from San Jose in July, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Beaches, #Nature

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Cahuita
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

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 6th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by shuttle from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in July, Tortuguero is a bit cooler at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

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#Nature, #Wildlife, #Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
night
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 7th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip builder 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. Traveling from Tortuguero in July, expect Tamarindo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tamarindo in July: high temperatures in Poas Volcano National Park hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

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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, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. July in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

4
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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

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

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 16th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood. On your second day here, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monteverde journey maker tool .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive back home.

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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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