14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to San Jose, Bus to Playas del Coco
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Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Fly

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Playas del Coco

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas Llanos de Cortes, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco online trip itinerary planner.

Cartagena, Colombia to Playas del Coco is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cartagena to Playas del Coco due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 24th (Tue), get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, then stroll through Monkey Park, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. On your second day here, see Off-Road Tours, stop by Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo tour itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

1
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Playa Samara

A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 26th (Thu), stroll through Samara Beach, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Playa Samara holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

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night
Monteverde

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 27th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, then stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary website.

Getting from Playa Samara to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

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 Off-Road Tours and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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 31st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then push the limits with Terraventuras Travel & Expeditions. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Uvita

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita journey planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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Manuel Antonio

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 3rd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

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.