15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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


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 5th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), then get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), then admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, and finally look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read San Jose online day trip planner .

Montreal, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Montreal to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in June, things will get a bit warmer in San Jose: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Visiting MidWorld Costa Rica and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and take a peaceful walk through Kids Saving the Rain Forest.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio attractions tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kids Saving the Rain Forest
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) 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.
Popular historic sites such as Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and stop by Hummingbird Gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

1
night
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), get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo tour planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Bolas Locas Mini Golf ©
Bolas Locas Mini Golf

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