15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
6
Monteverde
— 2 nights

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): 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.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Vara Blanca road trip tool.

Edinburgh, UK to Vara Blanca is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Vara Blanca due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife
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4
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, see Off-Road Tours, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
On the 12th (Sat), get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

2
nights
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.
On the 13th (Sun), stroll through Tarantulas Way, take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip planning app.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Cahuita
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Mirador de Jaco & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Jaco
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 18th (Fri), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, thenkick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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