14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to London

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bogarin Trail and Paradise Hot Springs. Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around La Fortuna de San Carlos: Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen) and Catedral de Ciudad Quesada (in Quesada). There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, Head underground at Venado Caves, and stroll through Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planner.

London, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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 10th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero day trip app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Uva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): head outdoors with Nature Riders and then cast your line with Wahoo Fishing & Tours.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online journey planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 2 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then cast your line with Jackpot Sport Fishing. On the next day, kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playas Gemelas, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio road trip website.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.
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Jaco — 2 nights

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): stroll through Royal Butterflies, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then stroll through Playa Bejuco. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then see Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Jaco route builder site.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.
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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.
On the 17th (Fri), stop by Foresta, explore by horseback at Finca el Rodeo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Tours, and finally view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sustainability Demonstration Center, relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center, and then get a dose of the wild on Monteverde Nature Guided Tours.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde journey site.

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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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