14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Denver
Fly + shuttle:  12​h
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Turrialba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
shuttle + bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
Denver

2
days
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 11th (Mon): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

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Denver, 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. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Monteverde is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Zipline
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Central Park (Parque Central), then explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

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Getting from Monteverde to San Jose by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In June in San Jose, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in San Jose

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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

1
day
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Guayabo National Park and Monument.

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You can drive from San Jose to Turrialba in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in June, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Turrialba

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Guayabo National Park and Monument ©
Guayabo National Park and Monument

3
days
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.
Get outdoors at Playa Manuel Antonio and MidWorld Costa Rica. There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, and look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

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Traveling by car from Turrialba to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

4
days
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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. Next up on the itinerary: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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