15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + taxi:  9​h 45​min
1
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
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
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h
End: Montreal

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.
On the 26th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara trip itinerary planning website .

Montreal, Canada to Playa Samara is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Playa Samara. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Koss Art Gallery ©
Koss Art Gallery

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 28th (Fri): stroll through Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, and then get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo online trip maker .

Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Conchal
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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 30th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online holiday builder .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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 1st (Mon): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Rancho Tipico Don Juan.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary builder .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Rancho Tipico Don Juan ©
Rancho Tipico Don Juan

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 3rd (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip tool .

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. July in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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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, parks, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planning site .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Here are some ideas for day two: get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip itinerary maker .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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