15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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San Jose
— 2 nights
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San Jose

— 2 nights
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 26th (Sat): cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Parque La Sabana, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then get to know the resident critters at Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center, and finally look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Jose attractions planner.

New York City, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 26 — 28:

Tortuguero

— 2 nights

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 28th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero online journey planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Jose in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 74°F in Tortuguero. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jun 28 — 30:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall and then relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:

Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Family-friendly places like Zipline and Curi Cancha Reserve will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde sightseeing planning tool.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Bring the kids along to Playa Manuel Antonio and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Mirador de Jaco & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll around Parque Nahomi, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 8:

San Jose

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at Yoga Massage Therapy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Childrens Museums · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.4
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.