15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
2
Playa Flamingo
— 1 night
3
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
4
Herradura
— 1 night
5
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
6
San Jose
— 1 night
7
Tortuguero
— 1 night
8
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights

2
nights
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 Arenal Natura Ecological Park. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on Ecocentro Danaus, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning site.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

1
night
Playa Flamingo

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 shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
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): 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.

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

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

1
night
Herradura

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

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

4
nights
Manuel Antonio

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 Playa Biesanz. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Herradura to Manuel Antonio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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.
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, thentake 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 bus; or take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in San Jose are °C, while nighttime lows are °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
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Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Museo de Arte Costarricense ©
Museo de Arte Costarricense
Museo de los Ninos ©
Museo de los Ninos

1
night
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.
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; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Jose in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of °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
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Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Cocles and La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita. Visiting Nature Observatorio and Cahuita National Park 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 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

Side Trips

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

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