14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Boston
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  14​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Jaco
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Boston

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Los Lagos Hot Springs. Visiting Arenal Natura Ecological Park and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery, identify plant and animal life at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary planner .

Boston, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Boston to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, 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)

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): look for gifts at Cho.co, then stroll through Playa Chiquita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, and then shop like a local with Luluberlu Art Gallery.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planning tool .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita

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 (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Uvita online vacation planner .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Zipline will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Parque Nahomi. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip builder .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Herradura
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Zipline

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