14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive
5
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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nights
Tamarindo

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 3rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary maker app.

Houston, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

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 5th (Wed), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip builder.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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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: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip website.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

1
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San Jose

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
On the 12th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose tour itinerary maker website.

Getting from Poas Volcano National Park to San Jose by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping

2
nights
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 13th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and then walk around Parque Nahomi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio journey builder website.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

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.