14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Vancouver
Fly:  13​h 15​min
San Jose
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  13​h 30​min
Vancouver

3
days
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Zoo Ave (in Alajuela), La Paz Waterfall Gardens (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Namu, explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional).

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Vancouver, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to San Jose is 2 hours. In March, San Jose is warmer than Vancouver - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Zoo Ave, Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Hummingbird Gallery, then stroll through Curi Cancha Reserve, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde driving holiday website .

Drive from San Jose to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

4
days
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, trails, parks, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
days
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.
On the 22nd (Thu), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 24th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
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