14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Santiago
Fly + bus + shuttle:  16​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h
Santiago

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Paradise Hot Springs. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Venado Caves. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery, and get outside with Salto.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Santiago, Chile to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Chile Time (CLT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Venado Caves
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Biesanz and Spas & Wellness. Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store in Dominical--about 48 minutes away. Make the 4th (Mon) an awe-inspiring day at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Quepos, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online day trip planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stop by Tica Surf Bikinis and then kick back and relax at Playa Carmen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, ferry, and bus; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 11th (Mon).

Things to do in Santa Teresa

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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

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