15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo

— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 22nd (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Playa Conchal, and then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planning site.

Richmond, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Richmond to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Richmond in December, expect Tamarindo to be warmer, temps between 82°F and 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Monteverde

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde online day trip planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Adventure · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll around Bogarin Trail, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planning app.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

Tortuguero

— 1 night

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.
On the 29th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero tour planning site.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): stroll through Nature Observatorio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Uva, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and Parque Nacional Marino Ballena will get you outdoors. When in Manuel Antonio, make a side trip to see Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary in Dominical, approximately Dominical away. There's lots more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio route planning tool.

You can 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 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

Jaco

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 4th (Tue), get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Jaco trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will leave for home on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

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.