15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Jose
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Tarcoles
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Ballena
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
San Jose
— Few hours
Bus:  3 h 30 min
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 4 nights
Drive:  30 min
9
Cahuita
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 45 min
End: San Jose

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nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Irazu Volcano National Park. On the 5th (Wed), contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Jose route app.

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major aiports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature

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Irazu Volcano National Park
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Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rio Celeste as well as Arenal Volcano. On the 6th (Thu), explore the activities along Rio Celeste. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Rio Celeste
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

1
night
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 8th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary maker.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Tarcoles.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

1
night
Tarcoles

Tarcoles ©
On the 9th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Carara National Park and then take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tarcoles tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tarcoles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tarcoles

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Carara National Park
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Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park

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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.
Nauyaca Waterfalls has been added to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio route app.

You can drive from Tarcoles to Manuel Antonio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ballena.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Parque Nahomi, Nauyaca Waterfalls
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nauyaca Waterfalls ©
Nauyaca Waterfalls
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

1
night
Ballena

Ballena
On the 12th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas.

Plan a Ballena trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Ballena in 1.5 hours. You'll set off for San Jose on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in Ballena

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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San Jose

San Jose
To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Jose online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Ballena to San Jose in 3.5 hours. On the 13th (Thu), you'll travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Step out of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to go to Sixaola and see Sixaola Bridge, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Nature Observatorio, enjoy the sand and surf at Puerto Viejo Beach, savor the flavors at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by bus from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzanillo, Cataratas Bribri Talamanca, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Sixaola Bridge
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge ©
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

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hours
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
On the 18th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cahuita trip maker tool.

Cahuita is just a short distance from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Wildlife
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