15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

London
Fly + taxi:  15​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly + bus:  1​h 15​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
London

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde sightseeing planner.

London, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Zipline
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

1
day
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 14th (Tue): have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo online trip maker .

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. In August, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Bolas Locas Mini Golf ©
Bolas Locas Mini Golf

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), and trek along Ecocentro Danaus.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

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
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla Norte. Escape the urban bustle at MidWorld Costa Rica and Playa Biesanz. It doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio journey builder tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In August in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Espadilla Norte
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Universidad de Costa Rica.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in San Jose, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Historic Sites

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Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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