14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Detroit
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  12​h
1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h
End: Detroit

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Do your shopping at Papaya Con Leche and Lydia Beech Art. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shark Diving and Pura Aventura. Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Playa Flamingo--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo day trip planner.

Detroit, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Detroit to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Detroit in December; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 90°F and lows reach 70°F. On the 24th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Shark Diving, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Shark Diving
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and Santa Elena Skywalk. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hummingbird Gallery and Souvenir Rosewood. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary builder tool .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

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.
Get outdoors at Butterfly Conservatory and River Rafting & Tubing. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ecocentro Danaus and Arenal Eco Zoo. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for La Fortuna de San Carlos using our trip planner.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

El Castillo
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
On the 31st (Mon), experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) 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
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), then explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Jose trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in San Jose are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trip

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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