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


2
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get impressive views of Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Area de Conservacion Guanacaste online trip itinerary builder .

Lisbon, Portugal to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste is minus 6 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Lisbon in August since evenings lows in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Nature Parks Trails
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

2
nights
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 4th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo journey planning tool .

You can drive from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

1
night
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 5th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip app .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, identify plant and animal life at Proyecto Asis, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planner.

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to 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)

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 11th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

2
nights
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 13th (Mon): look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, then get impressive views of Poas Volcano, and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), meet the residents at Zoo Ave, and then take an in-depth tour of Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Vara Blanca driving holiday site .

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 August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Alajuela, Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Poas Volcano, Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi )
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Zoo Ave ©
Zoo Ave

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