15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Detroit
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  12​h
1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Detroit

3
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 12th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, then get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and finally look for gifts at Diamante Boutique.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo route planner.

Detroit, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Detroit in July: high temperatures in Tamarindo hover around 91°F and lows are around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Zipline
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

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, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
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 21st (Sat), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Meli Melo Boutique and then stroll through MidWorld Costa Rica.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio day trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Meli Melo Boutique
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. On the next day, admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In July in Poas Volcano National Park, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trips

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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