15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Santiago
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  16​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
ferry:  4​h
3
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Monteverde
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Santiago

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 Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Salto and Onirica Art Gallery. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Santiago, Chile to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Santiago to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. On the 6th (Wed), you'll travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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.
Get outdoors at Playa Biesanz and Playa Manuel Antonio. Step off the beaten path and head to Naturalist Michael Araya Flores and Spas & Wellness. It doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica and stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In June in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Naturalist Michael Araya Flores
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

3
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Mariposario Butterfly Garden and then identify plant and animal life at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa route planner .

You can ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Montezuma
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Bat Jungle and Up in the Cloud Forest. Visiting Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Valle Escondido Preserve will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, stop by Souvenir Rosewood, and view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde attractions planning app .

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, ferry, and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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