14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Playa Hermosa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Uvita
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  3​h 45​min
6
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Toronto


1
night
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Playa Hermosa trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Playa Hermosa is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Playa Hermosa. In April, Playa Hermosa is much hotter than Toronto - with highs of 41°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playas del Coco
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stroll through The Bat Jungle, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and finally stop by Hummingbird Gallery. On your second day here, stop by Souvenir Rosewood and then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena.

Plan my day in Monteverde using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Playa Hermosa to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow 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
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Arenal Eco Zoo, then get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and then shop like a local with Wood & Art Gallery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel website .

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Arenal Eco Zoo
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Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
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.
On the 27th (Fri), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online attractions 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. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and then stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Uvita driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

2
nights
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 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa holiday website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Uvita to Santa Teresa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

3
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then stop by Dolores Shop, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and then look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

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