14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

1
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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.
On the 30th (Wed), admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca road trip planning site.

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 do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

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Tortuguero

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero day trip planning site.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. December in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then walk around Manuel Antonio National Park.

Plan a Manuel Antonio trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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Jaco

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 3rd (Sun): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jaco tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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.