14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + shuttle:  12​h
1
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Jose
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h 30​min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Chicago


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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip maker site .

Chicago, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

3
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.
On the 24th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and finally hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central). On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, look for gifts at Chieton Moren, then explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Jose online holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in San Jose are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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1
night
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.
On the 26th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero online travel planner .

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. February in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

4
nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Ecocentro Danaus, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip site .

Traveling by shuttle from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Parks Nature
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River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Souvenir Leo ©
Souvenir Leo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): view the masterpieces at El O'scars Galleria and then take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then stop by Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop, and then relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder website .

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 March in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 66°F at night. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

El O'scars Galleria
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa
Super Joseth ©
Super Joseth

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