14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Ben Gurion International Airport

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Monteverde

— 3 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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Monteverde is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Monteverde, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 18th (Thu), get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, then find something for the whole family at Canopy Vista Tamarindo, and then get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo route builder.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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 scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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 24th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

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 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Vara Blanca

— 1 night
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 26th (Fri), 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.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Vara Blanca travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.