14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
3
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
6
San Jose
— 3 nights

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde day trip tool.

Washington DC, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Monteverde, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, thenlook for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, and finally walk around Parque Nahomi.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio day trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls. Keep things going the next day: get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park attractions planner.

Fly from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Los Chorros Waterfalls
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Los Chorros Waterfalls ©
Los Chorros Waterfalls
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

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 11th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip itinerary website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around °F in January, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

3
nights
San Jose

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, thenexplore the wealth of natural beauty at Irazu Volcano National Park, and then stop by Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad, thenwalk around Parque La Sabana, and then take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tortuguero in January, with highs in San Jose at °F and lows at °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Irazu Volcano National Park, Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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