15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Bijagua de Upala
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Bijagua de Upala
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rincon de La Vieja
— 1 night
Fly
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Dominical
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bajos del Toro
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Liberia
— 1 night
Fly

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Bijagua de Upala

— 3 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Tree Chocolate Tour (in Upala) and Miravalles Volcano (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bijagua de Upala trip maker site.

Montreal, Canada to Bijagua de Upala is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Bijagua de Upala due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Montreal in December, with highs in Bijagua de Upala at 32°C and lows at 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Bijagua de Upala

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

Rincon de La Vieja

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rincon de La Vieja trip maker website.

You can drive from Bijagua de Upala to Rincon de La Vieja in 2 hours. December in Rincon de La Vieja sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Dominical.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

Dominical

— 5 nights
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dominical: Manuel Antonio (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Playa Manuel Antonio) and Jaco (Zipline & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). The adventure continues: stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and relax and rejuvenate at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dominical online journey planner.

Getting from Rincon de La Vieja to Dominical by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Bajos del Toro.

Things to do in Dominical

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:

Bajos del Toro

— 2 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to La Virgen (Kayaking & Canoeing, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, &more) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca).

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bajos del Toro trip app.

Drive from Dominical to Bajos del Toro in 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Bajos del Toro are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Bajos del Toro

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning site.

Drive from Bajos del Toro to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Liberia

— 1 night

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
On the 3rd (Mon), head outdoors with Costa Rica Fantastic Adventures.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Liberia road trip planning site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

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.