15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Calgary
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  13​h 30​min
1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Monteverde
— 3 nights
+3
Shuttle + Bus + Foot + Fly:  15​h
End: Calgary

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary maker website .

Calgary, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Calgary to Tamarindo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll through La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

For where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks 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

3
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours in Jaco (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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 18th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and then view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Monteverde trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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