14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: New York City
+3
bus + Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h 15​min
1
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Vara Blanca
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
3
Heredia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
6
Monteverde
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  11​h
End: New York City

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 23rd (Sat): stop by Lydia Beech Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo online holiday planner .

New York City, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get much warmer in Tamarindo: highs are around 90°F and lows about 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

1
day
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 26th (Tue): look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Vara Blanca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tamarindo in December, with highs in Vara Blanca at 82°F and lows at 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Heredia.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Nature, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

1
night
Heredia

Heredia ©
Heredia is a city in the Heredia province of Costa Rica, of which it is the capital; it is 10 kilometers to the north of the country's capital, San José.The city is home to one of the largest colleges in Costa Rica, the National University of Costa Rica, which accepts many international students. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Toucan Rescue Ranch and then shop like a local with Multiplaza.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Heredia trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Heredia in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Heredia can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Heredia

#Neighborhoods, #Shopping, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Multiplaza, Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Baldi Hot Springs. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Spend the 30th (Sat) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Heredia to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): stop by Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond, and then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Monteverde journey planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary site .

Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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