15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Turrialba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Tamarindo
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h
End: Montreal


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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the architecture and design of Universidad de Costa Rica. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose online trip planner .

Montreal, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to San Jose. Traveling from Montreal in June, expect San Jose to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

2
nights
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take an unorthodox tour of Guayabo National Park and Monument.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Turrialba day trip planning site .

Getting from San Jose to Turrialba by car takes about 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Turrialba can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Turrialba

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Guayabo National Park and Monument ©

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.
Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Escape the urban bustle at MidWorld Costa Rica and River Rafting & Tubing. There's more to do: experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Traveling by car from Turrialba to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. In June in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

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
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 16th (Sat), stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond, take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

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.
On the 18th (Mon), have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo journey planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Bolas Locas Mini Golf ©
Bolas Locas Mini Golf

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