15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  22​h
End: Lisbon


1
night
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 2nd (Thu), stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then look for all kinds of wild species at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Vara Blanca trip planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Vara Blanca is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, nightlife, nature, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take a memorable tour with MidWorld Costa Rica, and kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Getting from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kids Saving the Rain Forest
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

6
nights
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: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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 11th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood. On your second day here, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip tool .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tamarindo visit 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. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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
Bolas Locas Mini Golf ©
Bolas Locas Mini Golf

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