14 days in Costa Rica & Los Angeles Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica & Los Angeles Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica & Los Angeles Itinerary

New York City, United States
Fly:  9​h
Los Angeles, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Cahuita, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
Manzanillo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
Bribri, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
shuttle:  2​h
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
New York City, United States

3
days
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Pack the 18th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles vacation builder.

New York City to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in November, with highs in Los Angeles at 75°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
days
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and have fun at Perdido Springs.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to La Fortuna de San Carlos. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
day
Cahuita, Costa Rica

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cahuita vacation planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Cahuita. In November, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Cahuita

#Parks, #Nature
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

1
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Puerto Viejo Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary maker.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is just a stone's throw from Cahuita. November in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Manzanillo.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

1
day
Manzanillo, Costa Rica

Manzanillo ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio and then identify plant and animal life at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Manzanillo trip itinerary planner.

Manzanillo is just a stone's throw from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. In November, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Bribri.

Things to do in Manzanillo

#Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
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Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge ©

1
day
Bribri, Costa Rica

Bribri
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Voilo Waterfall.

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Getting from Manzanillo to Bribri by car takes about an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Bribri

#Parks, #Nature
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1
day
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
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 28th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero travel itinerary creator.

Explore your travel options from Bribri to Tortuguero with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Bribri in November since evenings lows in Tortuguero dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
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.
For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Jose travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tortuguero to San Jose takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in San Jose sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Shopping
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Chieton Moren ©
Chieton Moren

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