15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary maker
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Jaco
— 2 nights
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2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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4
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
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Jaco — 2 nights

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.
Step out of Jaco to go to Atenas and see El Toledo Coffee Tour, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

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London, UK to Jaco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Jaco due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.
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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 6th (Wed): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally stop by Foresta.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.
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Vara Blanca — 1 night

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 (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Vara Blanca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 1 night

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 9th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planning app.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.
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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.
On the 10th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll around Bogarin Trail, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker website.

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 15th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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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.
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