14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Calgary
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  12​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Vara Blanca
— Few hours
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Calgary

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planner .

Calgary, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Calgary to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. In December, Tamarindo is warmer than Calgary - with highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Vara Blanca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tamarindo in December: high temperatures in Vara Blanca hover around 32°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Parks, #Nature
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. There's lots more to do: see MidWorld Costa Rica, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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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
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 8th (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stop by Souvenir Rosewood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

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You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. You will leave for home on the 10th (Thu).

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Zipline
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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