15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Tamarindo
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h
End: Montreal


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 5th (Tue): look for gifts at Super Joseth. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio road trip planner .

Montreal, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Manuel Antonio due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in June, with highs in Manuel Antonio at 31°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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

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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Turrialba.

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)

1
night
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Guayabo National Park and Monument.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Turrialba driving holiday planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Turrialba in 4.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Turrialba are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Turrialba

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Guayabo National Park and Monument ©
Guayabo National Park and Monument

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 13th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally make a trip to Mercado Nacional de Artesanias. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), stop by Chieton Moren, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip builder website .

Getting from Turrialba to San Jose by car takes about 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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 15th (Fri), look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

1
night
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Llanos de Cortez Waterfall.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 3 hours. June in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Nature Parks
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

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 18th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

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

Getting from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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