15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

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 18th (Fri), look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary maker .

Montreal, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Montreal in May, things will get a bit warmer in Manuel Antonio: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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)

3
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 25th (Fri), admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond, then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planning app .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Zipline
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

1
night
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Guayabo National Park and Monument.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Turrialba day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Turrialba takes 4.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Turrialba can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Turrialba

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), and finally look for gifts at Chieton Moren. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and then make a trip to Mercado Nacional de Artesanias.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner .

Getting from Turrialba to San Jose by car takes about 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Shopping
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo driving holiday planner.

Getting from San Jose to Tamarindo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from San Jose in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Tamarindo, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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