14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10 h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

2
nights
Tamarindo

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 9th (Mon), stroll through Tamarindo Beach, stop by Dolores Shop, and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo itinerary planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Tamarindo is an approximately 10.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Juan to Tamarindo is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Tamarindo when traveling from San Juan in December, with lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates

2
nights
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.
On the 11th (Wed), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Curi Cancha Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Monteverde journey planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Monteverde can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

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 13th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then look for gifts at Jungle Avenue.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Jungle Avenue
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Jungle Avenue ©
Jungle Avenue
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
day
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
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 15th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero online vacation planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. December in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
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, get interesting insight from Tours, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
nights
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
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 20th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Vara Blanca day trip tool.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

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