14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner
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Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Shuttle to San José, Fly to Playa Flamingo
Playa Flamingo
— 2 nights
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Newark


La Fortuna de San Carlos — 5 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Onirica Art Gallery. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Art House in Cerro Plano, approximately Cerro Plano away. There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planner.

Newark, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.
Nature · Parks · Spas · Adventure
Side Trips

Manuel Antonio — 3 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Escape the urban bustle at MidWorld Costa Rica and Playa Biesanz. There's more to do: stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Playa Flamingo.
Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks
Side Trip

Playa Flamingo — 2 nights

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
On the next day, push the limits with an extreme tour, then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, and then look for gifts at Bahia Artshop.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Flamingo vacation maker.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Manuel Antonio to Playa Flamingo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip

Playas del Coco — 3 nights

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Playa Conchal. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at The Monkey Farm and then stroll through Playa Conchal.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Flamingo to Playas del Coco takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

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.