15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America trip itinerary planner

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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
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San Jose
— 2 nights

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Vara Blanca

— 2 nights
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca attractions planner.

San Jose to Vara Blanca is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

Walaba

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stroll through Puerto Viejo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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Tortuguero

— 2 nights

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.
On the 6th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero day trip tool.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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.
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 8th (Mon), snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall and then relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos journey builder app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jaco (Costa Rica SUP'ers & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll around Manuel Antonio National Park, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online travel route planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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San Jose

— 2 nights
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.
For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose travel planning website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. You'll set off for home on the 16th (Tue).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.4
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.