15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: London
+3
Train + Fly + Bus + Taxi:  16 h
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Playa Samara
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Train:  17 h 15 min
End: London

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, then kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and then take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde day trip planning app.

London, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 16- hour combination of train, flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip builder app.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

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 22nd (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero vacation maker tool.

You can 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. April in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Adventure
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

4
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, trot along with a tour on horseback, identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online day trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park travel route planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

2
nights
Tamarindo

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 28th (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Playa Samara planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Belen Waterfall ©
Belen Waterfall

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