14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica planner

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Fly
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): get a taste of local nightlife at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Vara Blanca driving holiday planning app.

Newark, USA to Vara Blanca is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Vara Blanca. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Nightlife

Side Trips

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano. And it doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through Proyecto Asis, take in nature's colorful creations at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · 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 7th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 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 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. On your second day here, look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, and finally meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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.
On the 12th (Tue), kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then stroll through Playa Conchal. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online travel planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.