15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Belgrade
Fly + shuttle:  21​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Belgrade

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and then stop by Azul Profundo Boutique. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Tamarindo Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner .

Belgrade, Serbia to Tamarindo is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Belgrade to Tamarindo. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Belgrade in February; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 39°C and lows reach 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

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

4
nights
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Monteverde travel planning app .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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 7th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional) and then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

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

You can drive from Monteverde to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In February in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stop by Meli Melo Boutique and then kick your exploration up a notch at MidWorld Costa Rica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip planning site .

Getting from San Jose to Manuel Antonio by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Tours

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Meli Melo Boutique
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Spas & Wellness

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, and hike along Ecocentro Danaus.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder website .

You can 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 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
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