14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Charlotte
Fly:  12​h 15​min
Cartago
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
shuttle:  3​h 15​min
Tortuguero
— Few hours
shuttle + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
Jaco
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  1​h 30​min
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
Charlotte

1
day
Cartago

Cartago ©
Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ruins of the Church of Carthage and then steep yourself in history at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Cartago sightseeing planner .

Charlotte, USA to Cartago is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Charlotte to Cartago due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Charlotte, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Cartago, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Cartago

#Historic Sites
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2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, and then take in the exciting artwork at Luluberlu Art Gallery. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at Chocorart, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio, and then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip planner.

Getting from Cartago to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Cartago in December since evenings lows in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca dip to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

few
hours
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.
To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, taxi, and flight from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in December, plan for little chillier nights in Tortuguero, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Museums
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Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and then look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Tortuguero to Uvita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Spas & Wellness
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Spas & Wellness
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
days
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 24th (Sun), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Jaco route app .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Horseback Riding Tours
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts
Spas & Wellness

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): stroll through Playa Carmen, then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then explore and take pictures at Sunrise Ranch.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa road trip site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Jaco to Santa Teresa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Sunrise Ranch
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Spas & Wellness

2
days
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Hidden Garden Art Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, then view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip maker website .

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playas del Coco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Playas del Coco are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Hidden Garden Art Gallery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery

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