15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
bus + taxi:  30​min
1
Alajuela
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Bijagua de Upala
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Heredia
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
End: San Jose

2
nights
Alajuela

Alajuela ©
On the 20th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Alajuela online trip maker .

San Jose to Alajuela is an approximately half hour shuttle ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Alajuela are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Alajuela

#Shopping, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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 Venado Caves and Canopy San Luis. The adventure continues: stop by Souvenir Leo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning site .

You can drive from Alajuela to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bijagua de Upala.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves
Souvenir Leo ©
Souvenir Leo

2
nights
Bijagua de Upala

Bijagua de Upala ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): look for gifts at Souvenirs La gran Nicoya.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bijagua de Upala sightseeing tool .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Bijagua de Upala in 2 hours. October in Bijagua de Upala sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 27th (Fri), you're off toPlaya Samara.

Things to do in Bijagua de Upala

#Shopping

Side Trip

Souvenirs La gran Nicoya
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Souvenirs La gran Nicoya ©
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya

3
nights
Playa Samara

A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Take a break from Playa Samara with a short trip to Casa de Arte, Curime in Nicoya, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Kingfisher Sportfishing and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip planner .

Getting from Bijagua de Upala to Playa Samara by car takes about 3 hours. October in Playa Samara sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Spas, #Shopping

Side Trip

Casa de Arte, Curime
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Spas & Wellness
Casa de Arte, Curime ©
Casa de Arte, Curime

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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, wildlife, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

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Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Heredia.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Wildlife
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Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

1
night
Heredia

Heredia
Heredia is a city in the Heredia province of Costa Rica, of which it is the capital; it is 10 kilometers to the north of the country's capital, San José.The city is home to one of the largest colleges in Costa Rica, the National University of Costa Rica, which accepts many international students. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at INBioparque.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Heredia online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Heredia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Heredia can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Heredia

#Museums

Side Trip

INBioparque
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