14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  9​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Toronto

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 21st (Sat), stop by Lydia Beech Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then stop by Azul Profundo Boutique.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo travel route builder website .

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Toronto in April: high temperatures in Tamarindo hover around 41°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

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#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

1
night
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then stroll through Samara Beach.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read our Playa Samara tour itinerary maker site .

Getting from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Playa Samara are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Spas & Wellness

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at The Bat Jungle and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde journey maker app .

You can drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Zipline
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

4
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, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, get a taste of the local shopping with Wood & Art Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online visit planner .

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano National Park
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

1
night
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.
To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose travel planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Shopping
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