15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Montreal, Quebec
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, Quebec

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

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Montreal, Canada to Playa Samara is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Playa Samara due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stroll through Playa Conchal and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, and then get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 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

Outdoors Parks Beaches

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde online vacation 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
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 stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with Rancho Tipico Don Juan.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

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 wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip itinerary website.

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 July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car 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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery.

For maps and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip site.

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to 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): stroll through La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca vacation builder website.

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

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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