15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Lima
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Lima

1
night
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 2nd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tamarindo Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal, and then shop like a local with Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo travel itinerary planner .

Lima, Peru to Tamarindo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Lima to Tamarindo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Samara Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Barrigona Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Playa Samara online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planning site .

Getting from Playa Samara to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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.
On the 8th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Manuel Antonio using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Spas & Wellness
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
day
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.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero journey planner .

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 June, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and shop like a local with Galeria Estudio.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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