14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Brussels
Fly + bus + shuttle:  23​h 15​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
shuttle:  4​h 45​min
Tortuguero
— 1 night
shuttle:  3​h 15​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
Cahuita
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
San Gerardo de Dota
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
bus + foot + ferry:  3​h
Montezuma
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
Santa Teresa
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Playa Samara
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Paquera
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  28​h
Brussels

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, and then get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder.

Brussels, Belgium to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Thu) before leaving for Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

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Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Ecological Sanctuary
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)

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Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero trip builder.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by combination of shuttle and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Museums
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Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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 21st (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is 1 hour. Traveling from Tortuguero in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 30°C in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

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Cahuita

Cahuita
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
On the 22nd (Sat), explore by horseback at Kindred Spirits, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nature Park Walk.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cahuita travel itinerary creator.

Cahuita is just a short distance from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to San Gerardo de Dota.

Things to do in Cahuita

#Historic Sites, #Wildlife, #Parks

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Nature Park Walk
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San Gerardo de Dota

San Gerardo de Dota
On the 23rd (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Gerardo de Dota trip planner.

You can drive from Cahuita to San Gerardo de Dota in 5.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cahuita to San Gerardo de Dota. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in San Gerardo de Dota

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Uvita

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Uvita custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Gerardo de Dota to Uvita takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio National Park.

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#Spas
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Spas & Wellness

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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 24th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio National Park can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the ferry to Montezuma.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Naturalist Michael Araya Flores
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day
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
On the 25th (Tue), head off the coast to Isla de Cabuya and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Montezuma tour planner.

Ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio National Park to Montezuma in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Montezuma

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
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Isla de Cabuya ©
Isla de Cabuya
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La Escuela Del Sol ©
La Escuela Del Sol

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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 26th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa travel itinerary planner.

Santa Teresa is just a short distance from Montezuma. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
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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.
To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara custom trip planner.

Drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Paquera.
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Paquera

Paquera
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Drive from Playa Samara to Paquera in 3 hours. You'll set off for San Jose on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Paquera

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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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 27th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral, then identify plant and animal life at Toucan Rescue Ranch, and finally stop by Chocolatería Sibú.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip builder.

Traveling by car from Paquera to San Jose takes 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Alajuela, San Isidro
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch

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