14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

San Jose
Drive:  2​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Playas del Coco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
ferry:  4​h
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
San Jose

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Ecocentro Danaus, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

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San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

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Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Butterfly Conservatory
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Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

1
day
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.
On the 4th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Theme Park, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Children's Eternal Rain Forest.

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Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Tours, #Nature
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Children's Eternal Rain Forest ©
Children's Eternal Rain Forest
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

2
days
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Playa Hermosa, Zipline and Shark Diving. On the 5th (Mon), meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, then stroll through Playa Hermosa, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Drive from Monteverde to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Zipline
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Zipline
Shark Diving

2
days
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 7th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Avellana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Barra Honda National Park.

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You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 94°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Costa Rica Sailing Center, Barra Honda National Park
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Barra Honda National Park ©
Barra Honda National Park
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Costa Rica Sailing Center ©
Costa Rica Sailing Center

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Playa Hermosa. On the 10th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

2
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.
Playa Biesanz has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then stroll through Playa Biesanz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip builder .

You can ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. In March, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Spas & Wellness

1
day
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.
On the 13th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.

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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 14th (Wed) to allow time for the bus ride back home.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena
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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

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