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
Drive:  30​min
Alajuela
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Playa Samara
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
Montezuma
— 3 nights
+2
ferry + foot + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Sarchi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: San Jose

2
nights
Alajuela

Alajuela ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Juan Santamaria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Alajuela custom trip planner.

San Jose to Alajuela is an approximately half hour shuttle ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Alajuela

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Parque Juan Santamaria ©
Parque Juan Santamaria

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal as well as La Fortuna Waterfall. On the 22nd (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, then explore the activities along Lake Arenal, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online itinerary creator.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Alajuela to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Lake Arenal ©
Lake Arenal

4
nights
Playa Samara

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 the city and head to Tamarindo Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. We've included these beaches for you: Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) and Playa Avellana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Samara: Spas & Wellness (in Tamarindo), Pura Aventura (in El Guapote) and Nosara (Nosara Refuge for Wildlife & SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach and explore and take pictures at Kingfisher Sportfishing.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara trip itinerary builder.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Samara in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Playa Samara can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for Montezuma.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Tamarindo, Pura Aventura, Playa Avellana
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

3
nights
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Santa Teresa and Playa Hermosa. Visiting Montezuma Falls and Tortuga Island will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montezuma: Zipline (in Mal Pais) and Tortuga Island (in Punta Arenas). It doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Montezuma itinerary planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Montezuma in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Montezuma

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Tortuga Island
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Spend the 3rd (Thu) exploring nature at La Amistad International Park.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Montezuma to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Sarchi.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

La Amistad International Park
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©

1
night
Sarchi

Sarchi ©
On the 4th (Fri), get some fabulous bargains at Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Metal Church, then trek along Reserva Forestal Grecia Sector Bosque del Nino, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Feria Del Agricultor.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarchi travel itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Monteverde to Sarchi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sarchi

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Grecia
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Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro ©
Fabrica de Carretas Eloy Alfaro
Metal Church ©
Metal Church
Feria Del Agricultor ©
Feria Del Agricultor

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