14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
— 1 night
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Puerto Jimenez
— 2 nights
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Shuttle to San José, Fly to Cleveland


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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder site.

Cleveland, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cleveland to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 21st (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in May, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights


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 22nd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, then take in nature's colorful creations at Finca La Isla, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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Puerto Jimenez

— 2 nights
On the 24th (Mon), trek along Osa Wild. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Jagua Arts and Crafts and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golfo Dulce.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Jimenez trip website.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Puerto Jimenez in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Trails
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Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manuel Antonio: Jaco (Fruity Monkey Poop, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Puerto Jimenez to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 29:

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.

Province of Limon travel guide

National Parks · Nature & Wildlife Tours · Beaches
Puerto Limón, commonly known as Limón, is the capital city and main hub of Limón province, as well as of the cantón of Limón in Costa Rica. It is the sixth-largest city in Costa Rica, with a population of over 55,000, and is home of a multicultural community. Part of the community traces its roots to Italian, Jamaican and Chinese laborers who worked on a late nineteenth-century railroad project that connected San José to Puerto Limón. Until 1948, the Costa Rican government did not recognize Afro-Caribbean people as citizens and restricted their movement outside Limón province. As a result of this "travel ban", this Afro-Caribbean population became firmly established in the region, which influenced the decision to not move even after it was legally permitted. Nowadays, there is an important outflow of Limón natives who move to the country's Central Valley in search for better employment and education. The Afro-Caribbean community speaks Spanish and Limonese Creole, a creole of English.Puerto Limón contains two port terminals, Limón and Moín, which permit the shipment of Costa Rican exports as well as the anchoring of cruise ships. In 2016, the government pledged ₡93 million for a new cruise ship terminal for Puerto Limón.Health care is provided for the city by Hospital Dr. Tony Facio Castro. Two small islands, Uvita Island and Isla de Pájaros, are just offshore.HistoryColonizationChristopher Columbus first dropped anchor in Costa Rica in 1502 at Isla Uvita, just off the coast of Puerto Limón. The Atlantic coast, however, was left largely unexplored by Spanish settlers until the 19th century.


Osa Peninsula travel guide

National Parks · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Islands
A remote area, home to half of all the country's species, Osa Peninsula attracts visitors looking for adventure in the great outdoors. Explorations of the marine environment surrounding the peninsular are among the most popular things to do on Osa Peninsula, with a wealth of dive and snorkeling sites to visit. The main town provides a jump-off point for explorations of the sandy beaches and virgin tropical rainforest of the national park, home to wild cats, scarlet macaws, frogs, snakes, monkeys, deer, sloths, tapirs, raccoons, manatees...