14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Juan Santamaría 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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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Taxi to Naranjo, Fly to Barcelona

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Vara Blanca — 1 night

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): stroll through Tirimbina Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca trip maker app.

Barcelona, Spain to Vara Blanca is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 4 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: get outside with Outdoor Activities, walk around Bogarin Trail, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker tool.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 1 night

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 3rd (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 4 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Royal Butterflies, Zipline, &more) and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, see Off-Road Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio attractions planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, gain a rich perspective with El Trapiche Tour, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally stop by Foresta.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Monteverde route planning tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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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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