14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Ljubljana
Fly + bus:  23​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Jose
— 1 night
shuttle:  3​h 30​min
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
Carate
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Dominical
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  20​h 30​min
Ljubljana

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.
On the 24th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: stroll through The Bat Jungle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip maker site .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Monteverde is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of shuttle, train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Jose online journey planner .

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. March in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tortuguero.

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River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Carate.

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

0
days
Carate

Carate
For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Carate vacation maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tortuguero to Carate. On the 29th (Thu), you'll travel to Dominical.

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3
days
Dominical

Dominical ©
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Biesanz. Get out of town with these interesting Dominical side-trips: Manuel Antonio (Spas & Wellness & Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dominical trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Carate to Dominical in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Dominical

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Side Trips

Manuel Antonio, River Rafting & Tubing, Uvita Beach
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Butterfly Conservatory and Onirica Art Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Ecocentro Danaus, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Dominical to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

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