14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Ferry
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Vara Blanca
Drive
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Tamarindo vacation tool.

Zurich, Switzerland to Tamarindo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Playa Samara

A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take a tour of Kingfisher Sportfishing and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stroll through Playa Hermosa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Teresa day trip planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Biesanz and Uvita Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and MidWorld Costa Rica. There's more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio attractions planner.

You can ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Vara Blanca

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 30th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, and take in nature's colorful creations at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

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.