14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Berlin
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  19​h 15​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Berlin

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Butterfly Conservatory and Onirica Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder tool .

Berlin, Germany to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Berlin to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio road trip planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

Discover how to plan a Santa Teresa trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tamarindo.

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#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

2
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 30th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, then admire all the interesting features of Kingpin Sportfishing, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo holiday planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 1st (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ocotal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco road trip app .

Getting from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Playas del Coco can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Adventure

Side Trips

Playa Ocotal, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal
Shark Diving

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and finally stop by Souvenir Rosewood.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde holiday site .

Drive from Playas del Coco to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

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