15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  20​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
San Jose
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Durham

2
nights
Monteverde

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 16th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecological Sanctuary, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Art House. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde day trip website .

Durham, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Durham to Monteverde. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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.
On the 18th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

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.
On the 20th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip builder app .

Getting from Tamarindo to Tortuguero by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and shuttle. In June, Tortuguero is a bit cooler than Tamarindo - with highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Turrialba.

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
night
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the ancient world of Guayabo National Park and Monument.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Turrialba online visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Tortuguero to Turrialba with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

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Guayabo National Park and Monument ©
Guayabo National Park and Monument

2
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and then step off the mainland to explore Cocos Island National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planner .

Traveling by car from Turrialba to San Jose takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
River Rafting & Tubing
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): see MidWorld Costa Rica and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio journey builder website .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

2
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, look for all kinds of wild species at Proyecto Asis, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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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)

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