15 days in Costa Rica & Brisbane Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica & Brisbane Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica & Brisbane Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  27​h
1
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly:  27​h
7
Brisbane, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
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 stop by Dolores Shop, and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo vacation builder tool .

Sydney, Australia to Tamarindo is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Tamarindo is minus 16 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tamarindo, with lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (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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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates

2
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

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 23rd (Mon): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

1
night
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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.
On the 25th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip planning app .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or 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 Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
day
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

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

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero holiday tool .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Vara Blanca online trip planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens
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2
nights
Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
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, museums, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands, get your game on at Zoccer Sports - Bubble Soccer, take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens, and identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Vara Blanca to Brisbane. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 16 hours traveling from Vara Blanca to Brisbane. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

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