15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Tarcoles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Drake Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Carate
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
8
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Playa Hermosa
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
End: San Jose

1
night
Tarcoles

Tarcoles ©
On the 25th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tarcoles trip itinerary builder.

San Jose to Tarcoles is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tarcoles

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Herradura Beach
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Herradura Beach ©
Herradura Beach

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 27th (Wed): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Escondido Preserve, and then admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Up in the Cloud Forest.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monteverde itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tarcoles to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve

1
night
Tenorio Volcano National Park

Tenorio Volcano National Park
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tenorio National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tenorio Volcano National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Monteverde to Tenorio Volcano National Park with the Route module. In December, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

#Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Tenorio National Park
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos custom trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tenorio Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

1
night
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 1st (Mon): view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Drake Bay.

Things to do in San Jose

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

Tirimbina Biological Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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Tirimbina Biological Reserve ©
Tirimbina Biological Reserve
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

1
night
Drake Bay

Drake Bay
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from San Jose to Drake Bay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Carate.

Things to do in Drake Bay

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:

1
night
Carate

Carate
To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Carate tour planner.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Carate in 4 hours. On the 3rd (Wed), you're off toManuel Antonio.

Things to do in Carate

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Mulguri Adventure and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carate to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. January in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Naturalist Michael Araya Flores
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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Mulguri Adventure ©
Mulguri Adventure

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Catarata Del Toro Adventures.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park travel itinerary creator.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Poas Volcano National Park sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Catarata Del Toro Adventures
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
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Catarata Del Toro Adventures ©
Catarata Del Toro Adventures

2
nights
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): get outside with Crazy Alex CR, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, then take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Art & Gallery, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Hermosa vacation trip planner.

Getting from Poas Volcano National Park to Playa Hermosa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Poas Volcano National Park in January: high temperatures in Playa Hermosa hover around 38°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Playa Nacascolo
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Playa Nacascolo ©
Playa Nacascolo
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©

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