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:  21​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
San Jose
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Sofia

4
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.
Onirica Art Gallery and Wood & Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, shop like a local with Galeria Estudio, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary builder .

Sofia, Bulgaria to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

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
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.
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Galeria Namu are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Poas Volcano. Take a break from San Jose with a short trip to Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles in Cartago, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose tour planning tool .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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.
On the 4th (Sat), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip builder website .

Traveling by bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then explore the world behind art at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then view the masterpieces at Art House.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary site .

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Adventure
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Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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