14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Drive to Ben Gurion International Airport, Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
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Vara Blanca

— 2 nights
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park (in La Virgen), Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Los Chorros Waterfalls (in Grecia). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca online trip builder.

Jerusalem, Israel to Vara Blanca is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Jaco

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Jaco trip maker site.

You can drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

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.
On the 26th (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at Yoga con Cyn, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio tour builder.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In April in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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 29th (Thu), cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Jose using our trip planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tortuguero in April, San Jose is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.