14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Las Catalinas
— 1 night
Drive
4
Playa Flamingo
— 1 night
Drive
5
Playa Potrero
— 1 night
Drive
6
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Rincon de La Vieja
— 2 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): experience rural life at Finca Loma Verde. Keep things going the next day: trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planner.

Ottawa, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Spas

Tenorio Volcano National Park

— 2 nights
To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tenorio Volcano National Park visit planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tenorio Volcano National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Las Catalinas.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Las Catalinas

— 1 night
Las Catalinas is a 490ha beach town on the Pacific Ocean in the Guanacaste Province of northwest Costa Rica. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Dantita and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Danta. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Prieta Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Las Catalinas route planner.

You can drive from Tenorio Volcano National Park to Las Catalinas in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Las Catalinas are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Las Catalinas

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo

— 1 night

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Playa Flamingo trip itinerary planning app.

Playa Flamingo is very close to Las Catalinas. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Playa Potrero.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors

Playa Potrero

— 1 night
On the 28th (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Potrero planner.

Playa Potrero is just a stone's throw from Playa Flamingo. In December, daily temperatures in Playa Potrero can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Potrero

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Potrero to Tamarindo takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. On the 1st (Wed), you're off to Rincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Rincon de La Vieja

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stroll through Sensoria Land of Senses. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Rio Negro Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rincon de La Vieja online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Rincon de La Vieja in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll set off for home on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.