14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica visit planner

Make it your trip
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 2 nights
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San Jose

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and Museo Nacional De Costa Rica. Popular historic sites such as Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana) and Ruins of the Church of Carthage are in your itinerary. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Jose attractions tool.

New York City, USA to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. You will leave for Tortuguero on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 2 nights

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 2nd (Fri): examine the collection at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Jose in October, things will get a bit warmer in Tortuguero: highs are around 87°F and lows about 73°F. You'll set off for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 3rd (Sat).

Things to do in Tortuguero

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums
Highlights from your 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 4th (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Proyecto Asis and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online route planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Monteverde

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Coffee'N Jungle Night Tour as well as Zipline. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Coffee'N Jungle Night Tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure

San Jose

— 2 nights
To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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.