15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel planner
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night
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San Jose — 2 nights

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.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Jose road trip planning app.

Los Angeles, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 79°F and lows are around 66°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Manuel Antonio.
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Museums · Shopping
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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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planning site.

Drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Monteverde.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
Side Trip
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Monteverde — 3 nights

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, look for gifts at Foresta, and view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde online road trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Monteverde can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 82°F. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Playas del Coco.
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Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
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Playas del Coco — 3 nights

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Step out of Playas del Coco with an excursion to Cataratas Llanos de Cortes in Bagaces--about 1 hour away.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Playas del Coco can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 82°F. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Wed) before leaving for La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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Parks · Nature
Side Trip
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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Jose.
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Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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San Jose — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): walk around Parque La Sabana.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Jose journey planner.

Take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Parks
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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.
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