15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Belgrade
Fly:  23​h 30​min
Santa Teresa
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Vara Blanca
— Few hours
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 30​min
Cahuita
— 1 night
shuttle:  5​h
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
Tamarindo
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Belgrade

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip maker .

Belgrade, Serbia to Santa Teresa is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Monteverde itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, get interesting insight from Tours, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker site .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

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 February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Vara Blanca.

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#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bosques de Fraijanes and then look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca journey site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Vara Blanca can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Cahuita.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Bosques de Fraijanes, Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

1
night
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla and then stroll through Playa Cocles.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Cahuita online vacation planner .

Getting from Vara Blanca to Cahuita by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Vara Blanca in February, Cahuita is a bit warmer at night with lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for the shuttle ride to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cahuita

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Finca La Isla, Playa Cocles
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

2
nights
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Tortuguero visit app .

You can take a shuttle from Cahuita to Tortuguero in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Tortuguero when traveling from Cahuita in February, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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 13th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo tour planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tortuguero to Tamarindo in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Tortuguero in February, things will get a bit warmer in Tamarindo: highs are around 39°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

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

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