14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Poas Volcano National Park

— 2 nights
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Visiting Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Poas Volcano National Park: El Silencio de Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve (in San Ramon), Parque Central De Grecia (in Grecia) and Mariposas Sarchi (in Sarchi). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano and admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park trip builder site.

San Jose to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.
Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, walk around Bogarin Trail, look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 nights

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Visit Puerto Viejo Beach and Punta Uva Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Cocles. There's more to do: stroll through Tarantulas Way and admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip app.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at Yoga con Cyn, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Spas

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.