15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

La Fortuna de San Carlos
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Playa Flamingo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive + ferry + Drive:  1​h 45​min
Herradura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 15​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
The small city of La Fortuna de San Carlos is best known for the nearby Arenal volcano that looms in the background and dominates the vista.
On the 4th (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Playa Flamingo.

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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Playa Flamingo

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
On the 6th (Wed), see Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Playa Flamingo vacation builder.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Flamingo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
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Santa Teresa

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): look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Playa Flamingo to Santa Teresa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Herradura.

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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

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Herradura

Herradura ©
On the 9th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Herradura trip generator.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Santa Teresa to Herradura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio National Park.

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Museums

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Tico Pod Art House & Gifts
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Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

3
days
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
A tour of Manuel Antonio National Park reveals one of Costa Rica's most impressive areas in terms of natural beauty and biodiversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Playa Biesanz and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Take a break from Manuel Antonio National Park with a short trip to Spas & Wellness in Dominical, about 50 minutes away.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio National Park travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Herradura to Manuel Antonio National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Jose.

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Outdoors Tours Wildlife

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Spas & Wellness
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and then have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Jose vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio National Park to San Jose takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, daytime highs in San Jose are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Tortuguero.

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Jade Museum
Jade Museum
Precolumbian Gold Museum ©
Precolumbian Gold Museum
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)

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Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
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 15th (Fri), examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero itinerary builder.

You can fly from San Jose to Tortuguero in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

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Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

3
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Playa Chiquita and River Rafting & Tubing. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Cocles and Nature Observatorio. Spend the 18th (Mon) exploring nature at Cahuita National Park.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online itinerary creator.

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is 1 hour. Traveling from Tortuguero in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, with lows around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Nature Beaches

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Nature Observatorio, Cahuita National Park
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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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