15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to Porto Alegre

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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.
On the 22nd (Tue), admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Vara Blanca itinerary planner.

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Vara Blanca is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto Alegre to Vara Blanca is minus 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

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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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, expand your horizons at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to 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 22 — 26:

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Tortuguero

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 27th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero itinerary planning site.

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 December, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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.
On the 28th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): stroll through Tarantulas Way and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

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nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jaco (Mirador de Jaco & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.