14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Rincon de La Vieja
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Rincon de La Vieja
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bajos del Toro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Fly
5
Dominical
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
Fly

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Rincon de La Vieja

— 1 night
On the 24th (Fri), get impressive views of Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja.

Before you visit Rincon de La Vieja, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Montreal, Canada to Rincon de La Vieja is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Montreal in December; daily highs in Rincon de La Vieja reach 32°C and lows reach 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, and explore the galleries of Wood & Art Gallery.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary app.

Drive from Rincon de La Vieja to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bajos del Toro.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Bajos del Toro

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional del Agua Juan Castro Blanco.

To see maps and other tourist information, go to the Bajos del Toro holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Bajos del Toro takes 2 hours. December in Bajos del Toro sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Bajos del Toro

Parks · Nature

Poas Volcano National Park

— 1 night
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bajos del Toro to Poas Volcano National Park in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to fly to Dominical.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Dominical

— 5 nights
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dominical: Manuel Antonio (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Playa Manuel Antonio) and Jaco (Mirador de Jaco, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). There's much more to do: ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, relax and rejuvenate at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Dominical trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Dominical takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Dominical

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Jose

— 1 night
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.
On the 5th (Wed), capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Jose online tour planner.

You can drive from Dominical to San Jose in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in San Jose are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

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.