15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Beirut
Fly + Drive:  24 h
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 30 min
6
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Beirut

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Hermosa and Papaya Con Leche. Escape the urban bustle at Off-Road Tours and Tamarindo Beach. Step out of Tamarindo to go to Liberia and see Hidden Garden Art Gallery, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planner.

Beirut, Lebanon to Tamarindo is an approximately 24-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Beirut to Tamarindo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Hidden Garden Art Gallery, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Off-Road Tours

1
night
Jaco

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then see Off-Road Tours, and then view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Jaco day trip tool .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Jaco in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Off-Road Tours
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Nauyaca Waterfalls and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours, and then view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio attractions planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Nauyaca Waterfalls, The Captain's Booty
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Nauyaca Waterfalls ©
Nauyaca Waterfalls
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Walking tours

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

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Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate and then browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©

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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 17th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Ruins of the Church of Carthage, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Cartago
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