15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Managua
Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Managua

3
nights
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 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planning app .

Managua, Nicaragua to Tamarindo is an approximately 5-hour car ride. In March, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde journey planning website .

Getting from Tamarindo to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

4
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 Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route builder .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time 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
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.
Visit Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at MidWorld Costa Rica and River Rafting & Tubing. There's more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Kids Saving the Rain Forest and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In March, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #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

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Tirimbina Biological Reserve and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Bosques de Fraijanes and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca online trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Tirimbina Biological Reserve, Bosques de Fraijanes
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Tirimbina Biological Reserve ©
Tirimbina Biological Reserve

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