14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
4
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
5
Monteverde
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  19​h
End: Paris

2
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 27th (Fri): take in the architecture and design of Universidad de Costa Rica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the San Jose tour itinerary app .

Paris, France to San Jose is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Paris in April: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll through Playa Biesanz and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio day trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: play a few rounds at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Monteverde

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.
On the 8th (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planning website .

Getting from Tamarindo to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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