15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  9​h
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Chicago


2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Tamarindo vacation planner.

Chicago, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In February, Tamarindo is much warmer than Chicago - with highs of 93°F and lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Playa Samara vacation maker tool .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Playa Samara sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

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.
On the 27th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, and then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner .

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

4
nights
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: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online itinerary builder .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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.
On the 6th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the next day, relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio journey builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in March, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then steep yourself in history at Ruinas de Ujarras, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

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Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in San Jose are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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