14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Nottingham
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Nottingham

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
On the 2nd (Mon), look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Poas Volcano National Park tour itinerary maker tool .

Nottingham, UK to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Nottingham to Poas Volcano National Park, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nottingham in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Poas Volcano National Park: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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 3rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, then identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip builder .

Getting from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Poas Volcano National Park in July; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 38°C and lows reach 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On your second day here, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Monteverde planner .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Get outdoors at MidWorld Costa Rica and River Rafting & Tubing. The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Kids Saving the Rain Forest.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kids Saving the Rain Forest
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip tool .

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 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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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