14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Bus
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Quepos
— 1 night
Drive
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Jaco
— 1 night
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Plattsburgh International Airport

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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 20th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Sarah's Gallery, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take an in-depth tour of Chorotega Arts & Crafts. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

Plattsburgh, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping

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 (Wed): get all the equipment you need at Superior Sk8 Surf Style and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, stroll through Tamarindo Beach and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side 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.
Shop till you drop at Galeria Aguas Verdes and Onirica Art Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and learn and have fun at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

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

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 1 night

Walaba

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.
On the 28th (Tue), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then stop by Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

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 29th (Wed), look for gifts at Biesanz Woodworks, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

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Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Quepos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Quepos

— 1 night
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Quepos tour builder.

Take a bus from San Jose to Quepos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

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.
To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Jaco trip tool.

You can drive from Quepos to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

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.