15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Manuel Antonio
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Carara
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Poas Volcano National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
8
Sarchi
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
9
San Jose
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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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.
To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner .

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. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in December, with highs in San Jose at 30°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Jaco

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Vista Los Suenos Adventure Park, Jose's Crocodile River Tour, Jaco Beach, and other attractions you added. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Jaco Beach and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Jaco day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from San Jose to Jaco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Jose's Crocodile River Tour
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Jose's Crocodile River Tour ©
Jose's Crocodile River Tour
Vista Los Suenos Adventure Park ©
Vista Los Suenos Adventure Park
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Playa Espadilla Norte, Manuel's Tours and Monkey Mangrove Tour. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get some thrills on the water with Monkey Mangrove Tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Espadilla Norte, and then get a dose of the wild on Manuel's Tours.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio planner .

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
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Manuel's Tours ©
Manuel's Tours
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Monkey Mangrove Tour ©
Monkey Mangrove Tour

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Jaco

Jaco ©
Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls has been added to your itinerary.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Jaco road trip tool .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Carara.

Things to do in Jaco

Nature Parks
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Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls ©

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Carara

Carara ©
You've now added Carara National Park to your itinerary.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Carara vacation builder tool .

Getting from Jaco to Carara by car takes about an hour. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Carara

Nature Parks
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Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, Tabacon Hot Springs, Ecoterra Costa Rica, and other attractions you added.

To find more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Carara to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis

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Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
You've now added Poas Volcano to your itinerary.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Poas Volcano National Park holiday planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sarchi.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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Sarchi

Sarchi ©
To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sarchi online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Poas Volcano National Park to Sarchi in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Sarchi

Wildlife Parks
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Mariposas Sarchi ©
Mariposas Sarchi

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San Jose

San Jose ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jazz Cafe, Britt Coffee Tour, Walking tours, and other attractions you added. See even more of San Jose: admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Jose journey planner .

You can drive from Sarchi to San Jose in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors Tours Trails

Side Trips

Britt Coffee Tour, Rainforest Adventures
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Highlights from your plan
Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo ©
Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo
Jazz Cafe ©
Jazz Cafe
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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