14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Appreciate the collections at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Wood & Art Gallery. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

Plan trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Paramaribo, Suriname to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Paramaribo to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
On the 26th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero day trip app.

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. July in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Turrialba.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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Turrialba

Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Guayabo National Monument.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Turrialba road trip planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Turrialba in 3 hours. Traveling from Tortuguero in July, expect Turrialba to be slightly colder, temps between 31°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Turrialba

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion. Head to Galeria Namu and Biesanz Woodworksfor plenty of shopping. When in San Jose, make a side trip to see Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum in Orosi, approximately Orosi away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana), explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turrialba to San Jose takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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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.
On the 31st (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio road trip planning website.

Getting from San Jose to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Sarah's Gallery and Arte Jaguar Gallery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

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.