15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Fredericton
Fly:  19​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Esterillos Este
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Quepos
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  2​h
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Fredericton

2
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Los Lagos Hot Springs and Paradise Hot Springs. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder app .

Fredericton, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Fredericton to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Esterillos Este.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

3
nights
Esterillos Este

Explore hidden gems such as Palo Seco Beach and Rainmaker Park. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Bejuco. Step out of Esterillos Este to go to Herradura and see Fishing Charters & Tours, which is approximately 1h 15 min away.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Esterillos Este road trip website .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Esterillos Este in 4 hours. December in Esterillos Este sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Quepos.

Things to do in Esterillos Este

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Parrita, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach

4
nights
Quepos

The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zipline and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. Take a break from Quepos with a short trip to Hacienda Baru in Dominical, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, stroll through La Selvita, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Quepos trip planner.

You can drive from Esterillos Este to Quepos in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Quepos can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Quepos

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, Hacienda Baru
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Zipline

3
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Visit Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) and Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana) for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Poas Volcano and El Toledo Coffee Tour. Step out of San Jose to go to Vara Blanca and see La Paz Waterfall Gardens, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Jose tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Quepos to San Jose by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in San Jose are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral, Poas Volcano, El Toledo Coffee Tour
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El Toledo Coffee Tour ©
El Toledo Coffee Tour
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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