15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Tartu
Fly:  26​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
Tartu

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation builder app .

Tartu, Estonia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tartu to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can 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.
Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online tour planner .

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 March, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde holiday planning site .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach and then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary 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. March in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Azul Profundo Boutique ©
Azul Profundo Boutique

1
day
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 27th (Tue), look for gifts at Souvenir Museum and then identify plant and animal life at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Vara Blanca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tamarindo in March: high temperatures in Vara Blanca hover around 34°C and lows are around 21°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Refugio de Vida Silvestre Cerro Dantas, Souvenir Museum
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Souvenir Museum ©
Souvenir Museum

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