15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Miami, Florida
Fly + Drive:  7 h 45 min
1
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
+2
Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  10 h
End: Miami, Florida

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. On your second day here, contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano, then admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), and then experience rural life at Finca Organica.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park tour itinerary planner .

Halifax, Canada to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Grecia, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi )
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls
Finca  Organica ©
Finca Organica

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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 19th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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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 21st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, then look for gifts at Jungle Avenue, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): 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 other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online sightseeing planner .

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 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Jungle Avenue, Parasailing & Paragliding
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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 23rd (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary site .

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 shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

5
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.
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, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos 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 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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