14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  11​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
5
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Visiting Butterfly Conservatory and Ecocentro Danaus will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

Los Angeles, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to La Fortuna de San Carlos is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. May in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Uvita

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.
On the 25th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Uvita road trip planning tool .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Viento Fresco Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and shuttle from Uvita to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

3
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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 30th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. May in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Playa Hermosa
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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