Costa Rica 15-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 16 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Costa Rica.

With 15-days in Costa Rica, travelers can experience the diversity of Costa Rica's landscapes and culture. From exciting outdoor activities like surfing and whitewater rafting to chocolate tastings and serene nature walks. You can see the highlights from coast to coast: fly to Tortuguero on the Caribbean Coast, head inland to Arenal Volcano and the Monteverde Cloud Forest, and end on the golden sand beaches of Guanacaste. Or venture to the remote Osa Peninsula to experience Costa Rica's untouched natural resources.

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Wild beach in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula
Map of Costa Rica Self Drive Adventure - 15 Days
Costa Rica Self Drive Adventure - 15 Days

This itinerary is designed for those who want a classic tropical excursion into Costa Rica's rainforests. Start with the remote Osa Peninsula, where you'll visit beaches and hike through the rainforest. Then, drive north along the Pacific coast to the white-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park before heading northwest into the Monteverde region. Finally, pay a visit to Arenal, an active volcano and one of Costa Rica's most famous landmarks.

Sunset at Tamarindo Beach
Map of Relaxing Nicoya Peninsula Road Trip - 15 Days
Relaxing Nicoya Peninsula Road Trip - 15 Days

Get ready for a laid-back beach vacation to the stunning beaches of Guanacaste and the Nicoya Península. This slow-paced trip allows you to slow down and adjust to the Costa Rican lifestyle of pura vida in four quintessential surf towns: Tamarindo, Nosara, Playa Sámara and Santa Teresa.

Surfboards lining the beach in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Map of Arenal & The Caribbean Coast - 15 Days
Arenal & The Caribbean Coast - 15 Days

On this 15-day trip, you will experience the best of the country's tropical flora and fauna. From rainforest hikes to snorkeling in coral reefs.  You'll visit the famous Arenal volcano, see tons of exotic wildlife in Tortuguero National Park, and surf world-class waves in the laid-back beach town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Toucans can often be spotted among the treetops in Tortuguero National Park
Map of Costa Rica: Ultimate National Parks Tour - 15 Days
Costa Rica: Ultimate National Parks Tour - 15 Days

Experience Costa Rica's most spectacular national parks on this 15-day tour. You'll catch glimpses of sea turtles and monkeys in Tortuguero National Park and spot hundreds of bird species in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Then it's time to head to the countries largest and most famous volcano, Arenal, for a mix of wildlife and heart pumping excursions. Finally, you'll end the trip in  Manuel Antonio, where you'll snorkel among colorful fish and traverse jungle trails.

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Map of Northern Costa Rica Luxury Adventure - 15 Days
Northern Costa Rica Luxury Adventure - 15 Days

You can experience the highlights of Costa Rica without racing around the entire country. On this 15-day luxury adventure, you'll travel around the north, first visiting the famous Arenal Volcano before heading into Guanacaste Province for waterfall hikes, rafting safaris, and nocturnal nature walks. You'll finish the journey on the coast, where you'll enjoy activities like snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

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Map of Costa Rica Honeymoon Adventure:  Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, & Tamarindo - 15 Days
Costa Rica Honeymoon Adventure: Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, & Tamarindo - 15 Days

Enjoy a 15-day honeymoon adventure that covers several of Costa Rica’s greatest outdoor destinations. Begin in the capital city for a welcome dinner, before heading to the Arenal region for river rafting, volcano hikes, scenic waterfalls, and more. Next, go snorkeling and kayaking in the ocean on the shores of beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park. Venture into the cloud forests of Monteverde to take suspension bridges and ziplines through the greenery, followed by downtime in Tamardino Beach to surf, sail, and relish magnificent sunsets.

Arenal Volcano
Map of Costa Rica Luxury Escape: Arenal, Bajos del Toro, & Uvita - 15 Days
Costa Rica Luxury Escape: Arenal, Bajos del Toro, & Uvita - 15 Days

This luxury tropical vacation combines the natural highlights of Costa Rica with VIP pampering. On this 15-day itinerary, you'll visit three of the most beautiful regions in the country: Arenal Volcano National Park, the Pacific coast, and the remote and wild Osa Peninsula. Throughout you'll enjoy adventure tours and first-class services that combine to create an unforgettable vacation.

Snorkel among coral reefs in the Pacific
Map of Coast to Coast Family Adventure - 15 Days
Coast to Coast Family Adventure - 15 Days

This 15-day adventure allows you to experience the country from both coasts and is designed from start to finish with kids in mind. You'll visit the bustling capital of San José, the rainforest of Tortuguero National Park, the towering Arenal Volcano, the cloud forest of Monteverde and the spectacular beaches of Guanacaste. There are plenty of family-friendly activities along the way, from watching sea turtles hatch on a Caribbean beach to sampling locally produced chocolate to snorkeling in the Pacific.

Costa Rica's active Turrialba Volcano
Costa Rica Self-Drive Adventure: Rainforests, Mountains & Beaches -15 Days

Take an epic road trip through Costa Rica’s diverse landscapes on this 15-day self-drive adventure. Starting in the capital of San José, you'll drive from the sapphire rivers of Río Celeste to the lush lowlands of Boca Tapada, tour the farms and forests of Sarapiquí, and head for the Talamanca Mountains to birdwatch in Quetzales National Park. Then make your way to Uvita to unwind on the beaches of the southern Pacific coast, exploring the protected seas and rich marine life of Marino Ballena National Park.

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Map of Ultimate Costa Rica Birding Adventure - 15 Days
Ultimate Costa Rica Birding Adventure - 15 Days

There are few nations on earth home to a greater variety of birds than Costa Rica. On this expedition, you'll visit the major ornithological regions of the country, from the coast to the rainforests to the high mountains and even volcanoes. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you'll go off the beaten path to the furthest reaches of national parks where you can enjoy optimum birding from the best vantage points. 

Due to the exuberance of the vegetation that surrounds it, and the numerous rapids that form during its descent towards the Caribbean plains, suitable for rafting, the Pacuare is an important tourist attraction of Costa Rica. The Pacuare basin has been protected by the Matina Pacuare Forest Reserve.
Map of Luxury Wellness Retreat and Active Adventures in Costa Rica - 15 Days
Luxury Wellness Retreat and Active Adventures in Costa Rica - 15 Days

There's no better place to replenish your mind, body, and soul than Costa Rica. It's a country as abundant in world-class wellness resorts as it is natural beauty. On this 15-day itinerary, you'll compliment the spa treatments with some exciting adventure excursions the country is famous for, like whitewater rafting, waterfall hikes, and ocean trips off the Pacific coast.

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Map of Coast to Coast Cycling Adventure in Costa Rica - 15 Days
Coast to Coast Cycling Adventure in Costa Rica - 15 Days

This 15-day Costa Rica adventure involves a 154-mile (248-km) crossing from one coast to the other. It's ideal for those who thrive in different physical disciplines, which on this trip includes mountain biking, hiking, whitewater rafting, and kayaking. It's a physically demanding route that traverses mountains, rivers, and rural villages as you cross the Continental Divide and make your way to the Caribbean coast.

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Map of Costa Rica Self-Drive Birding Adventure - 15 Days
Costa Rica Self-Drive Birding Adventure - 15 Days

The Central American nation of Costa Rica may be small, but it boasts a diverse amount of wildlife. There are 850 bird species here alone, and you can witness the most exotic specimens on a cross-country road trip. Over 15 days, you'll visit some of the most remote mountain regions flourishing with the rarest species including motmots, herons, hummingbirds, and the iconic scarlet macaw.

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Map of Costa Rica Luxury Mountains, Beaches and Eco-Adventures  - 15 Days
Costa Rica Luxury Mountains, Beaches and Eco-Adventures - 15 Days

This unique 15-day Costa Rican holiday mixes equal parts adventure and luxury. Besides staying in four-star accommodations, you'll enjoy thrilling activities such as horseback riding, a tour of exotic bird sanctuaries, private waterfall hikes, and much more. The journey will take you from the central highlands to the Pacific coast, and by the time you're done you'll have accumulated memories to last a lifetime.

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Map of Costa Rica Nature Excursions & Indigenous Culture - 15 Days
Costa Rica Nature Excursions & Indigenous Culture - 15 Days

This 15-day adventure combines the most beautiful locales in Costa Rica with some of its richest culture. You'll start with a historical tour of the nation's capital, San José, and then travel to the Caribbean coast and the hot springs of Arenal Volcano National Park. Unforgettable forays into Costa Rican culture involve a visit to an indigenous village and spending a day on a working cattle ranch.

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Map of Costa Rica Cycling Adventure - 15 Days
Costa Rica Cycling Adventure - 15 Days

If you want to truly experience Costa Rica then you need to travel overland, on your own power. This 15-day adventure offers exactly that, as you'll experience the highlights of Costa Rica by mountain bike, river raft, and even kayak. You'll travel to the highlight locales, from the Pacific coast to towering Arenal Volcano before ending the journey on sun-kissed Caribbean beaches.

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