15 days in Costa Rica & Brisbane Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica & Brisbane Itinerary

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 day
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Brisbane, Australia
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 21st (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, then look for gifts at Dolores Shop, and then get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Sydney, Australia to Tamarindo is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to Tamarindo. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 32°C in Tamarindo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary planning tool.

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. In December, daily temperatures in Monteverde can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online route planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

— 1 day

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 26th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. December in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

— 1 night
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 30th (Mon), stroll through La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

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Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Brisbane, Australia

— 2 nights

Australia's New World City

Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Brisbane is known for parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, explore and take pictures at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha, admire the natural beauty at City Botanic Gardens, and walk around South Bank Parklands.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Brisbane online tour planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Vara Blanca to Brisbane. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Vara Blanca to Brisbane due to the time zone difference. January in Brisbane sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games
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Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.