15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica route maker

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Fly to San Jose, Bus to Cariari
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero online trip itinerary builder.

Houston, USA to Tortuguero is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Houston in June: highs in Tortuguero hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, see Off-Road Tours, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip 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 your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 24:

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
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 25th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 26:

Jaco

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco online route planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 27:

Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 28th (Mon): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip builder.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 29:

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Bring the kids along to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Step out of Tamarindo to go to Playa Conchal and see Playa Conchal, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo journey planning website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 2:

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.