14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Playa Samara
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
San Jose
— Few hours
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

1
night
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.
To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose vacation planner.

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Jose is minus 6 hours. Traveling from London in March, expect San Jose to be much hotter, temps between 32°C and 22°C. You'll set off for Manuel Antonio on the 29th (Thu).

Things to do in San Jose

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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3
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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, nightlife, nature, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip app .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 1st (Sun), you're off toMonteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 1:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde journey builder website .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Adventure, #Tours
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

4
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Samara Beach and Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones). Get in touch with nature at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Puerto Carrillo.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Playa Samara sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. April in Playa Samara sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Puerto Carrillo
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

2
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.
On the 6th (Fri), witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planner .

Getting from Playa Samara to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Baldi Hot Springs ©
Baldi Hot Springs

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daytime highs in Vara Blanca are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to San Jose.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Metal Church
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Metal Church ©
Metal Church

few
hours
San Jose

San Jose ©
To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Vara Blanca to San Jose by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Chieton Moren ©
Chieton Moren

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