14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Boston
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 30​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Vara Blanca
— Few hours
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+3
bus + shuttle + Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
Boston

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Monteverde road trip site .

Boston, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Monteverde is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Zipline

4
days
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio travel planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vara Blanca.

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness

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.
On the 11th (Wed), admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Vara Blanca are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

1
day
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 12th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, then stroll through Playa Santa Teresa, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa tour itinerary website .

Getting from Vara Blanca to Santa Teresa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

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

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 13th (Fri): look for gifts at Monkey 'N Croc and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, look for gifts at Diamante Boutique, then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. On the 15th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

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

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