15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Sofia
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  22​h 15​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Jaco
— Few hours
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Sofia

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.
On the 17th (Sat), hike along Ecocentro Danaus, then look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, then get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planning app .

Sofia, Bulgaria to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, flight, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sofia to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

3
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 20th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. In November, daily temperatures in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cahuita, Nature Observatorio
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Monkey Park. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Hermosa. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by Azul Profundo Boutique.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tamarindo in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Tamarindo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Flamingo, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, then look for gifts at Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings, and finally contemplate the long history of Ruinas de Ujarras.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Jose day trip planning website .

You can fly from Tamarindo to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Tamarindo in November, expect San Jose to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trip

Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings
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Ruinas de Ujarras ©
Ruinas de Ujarras
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

few
hours
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then don't miss a visit to Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles, and then view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Jaco trip app .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Tarcoles
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

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