15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Flamingo
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
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Bus to Malpais, Ferry to Jacó, Bus to Herradura
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Herradura
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors
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Playa Flamingo

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Flamingo tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Flamingo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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Santa Teresa

A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): stop by Tica Surf Bikinis and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Santa Teresa driving holiday planner.

Drive from Playa Flamingo to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Herradura.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 8:

1
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Herradura

Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Herradura online trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Herradura in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Herradura

Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

4
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Manuel Antonio and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Biesanz and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. There's more to do: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Herradura to Manuel Antonio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de los Ninos. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose route app.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

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Tortuguero

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 15th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero visit planning site.

Drive from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Jose in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°C in Tortuguero. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Museums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Cocles and Nature Observatorio. Visiting Cahuita National Park and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita will get you outdoors.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.