15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Vancouver
Fly:  13​h 15​min
San Jose
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  13​h 30​min
Vancouver

3
days
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: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca) and Zoo Ave (in Alajuela). And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional).

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose online tour itinerary planner .

Vancouver, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in May, things will get a bit warmer in San Jose: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
days
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 17th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On your second day here, stop by Hummingbird Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner .

Getting from San Jose to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

4
days
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, get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planner .

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough 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

3
days
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, get interesting insight from MidWorld Costa Rica, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. May in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. On the 27th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

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

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