15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose
— 1 night
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
4
Montezuma
— 1 night
5
Playa Samara
— 1 night
6
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
7
Monteverde
— 2 nights
8
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights

1
night
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.
Doka Estate Coffee Tour has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the local highlights with Doka Estate Coffee Tour, don't miss a visit to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez, and then see a show at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Jose day trip website.

Toronto, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Toronto to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Toronto in February: high temperatures in San Jose hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trip

Doka Estate Coffee Tour
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Doka Estate Coffee Tour ©
Doka Estate Coffee Tour
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez ©
Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jaguar Rescue Center. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get interesting insight from Jaguar Rescue Center, thenkick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip builder website.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Jaguar Rescue Center ©
Jaguar Rescue Center

1
night
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 4th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte.

Plan trip to Manuel Antonio with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Montezuma.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Espadilla Norte
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Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte

1
night
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Montezuma trip itinerary maker site.

You can ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Montezuma in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Carmen
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Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Spas

1
night
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.
To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Playa Samara trip planner.

Drive from Montezuma to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 6th (Fri), you're off to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Kayaking & Canoeing. Visiting Tamarindo Beach and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Las Catalinas (Playa Dantita & Playa Danta). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, stroll through Monkey Park, and look for gifts at Buena Nena.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planning website.

Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Las Catalinas, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 9th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, stroll through Valle Escondido Preserve, and then explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sustainability Demonstration Center, look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, thensurround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online visit planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Sustainability Demonstration Center
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and Onirica Art Gallery. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately El Castillo away. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Bogarin Trail, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour builder.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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