15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday planner

Make it your trip
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 9 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Sacramento International Airport

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and explore the activities along Lake Arenal.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Sacramento, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Sacramento to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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Tamarindo

— 9 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get out of town with these interesting Tamarindo side-trips: MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY (in Nosara), Playa Samara (Samara Beach & Belen Waterfall) and Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands & Four Seasons Golf Club). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, stroll through Playa Hermosa, and play a few rounds at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo travel planning site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.