15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Belgrade
Fly + shuttle:  21​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Turrialba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
Carate
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
shuttle + bus + Fly:  22​h 30​min
Belgrade

2
days
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 2nd (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online trip planner .

Belgrade, Serbia to Tamarindo is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Belgrade to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Belgrade in February, things will get much hotter in Tamarindo: highs are around 39°C and lows about 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Vara Blanca.

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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

1
day
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Vara Blanca trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In February, Vara Blanca is a bit cooler than Tamarindo - with highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Turrialba.

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

1
day
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Guayabo National Park and Monument.

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Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Turrialba takes 3 hours. While traveling from Vara Blanca, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Turrialba, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tortuguero.

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Guayabo National Park and Monument ©

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Tortuguero National Park.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Turrialba to Tortuguero. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Carate.

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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Carate

Carate
For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carate trip itinerary maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tortuguero to Carate. On the 8th (Thu), you'll travel to Manuel Antonio.

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2
days
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 8th (Thu): look for gifts at Meli Melo Boutique and then shop like a local with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica.

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Traveling by car from Carate to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Meli Melo Boutique
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

2
days
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 10th (Sat), meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, and then stop by Hummingbird Gallery. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

3
days
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.
Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to Quesada and see Catedral de Ciudad Quesada, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Side Trip

Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Catedral de Ciudad Quesada ©
Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
River Rafting & Tubing

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