14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
4
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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San Jose

— 2 nights
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 25th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the San Jose driving holiday planner.

Dallas, USA to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas in February, you will find days in San Jose are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are much warmer (65°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, then look for gifts at Souvenir Leo, and then browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs and then stroll through Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos visit website.

Getting from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos by shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Spas · Nature · Outdoors

Monteverde

— 1 night
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 1st (Wed): stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, and finally look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde online holiday maker.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

San Jose

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Souvenir Museum and then sample the tasty concoctions at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co.. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, play a few rounds at Tee Times Costa Rica Golf Tours, and then examine the collection at INBioparque.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Jose, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Monteverde to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Golf · Tours

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor), then look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and then kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio road trip tool.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Beaches · Shopping · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Jaco

— 1 night
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.
On the 6th (Mon), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Jaco online route maker.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping

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.
For shopping fun, head to Koss Art Gallery or Papaya Con Leche. You'll get in some beach time at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tamarindo: San Juanillo Beach (in San Juanillo), Samara Beach (in Playa Samara) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal).

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planner.

Drive from Jaco to Tamarindo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

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.