15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  17​h
1
San Jose
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Frankfurt

4
nights
San Jose

San Jose
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Zoo Ave (in Alajuela). There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Jose trip website .

Frankfurt, Germany to San Jose is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Frankfurt to San Jose. In March, San Jose is much warmer than Frankfurt - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Zoo Ave, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing

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 in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio itinerary planning website .

Getting from San Jose to Manuel Antonio by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#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: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Ecocentro Danaus, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

You can 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. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde route maker website .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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