14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
bus + taxi:  30​min
1
Alajuela
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Sarchi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: San Jose

2
nights
Alajuela

Alajuela ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get a taste of the local shopping with Souvenir Museum, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Ave.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Alajuela vacation planner.

San Jose to Alajuela is an approximately half hour shuttle ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Alajuela are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Alajuela

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:
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Zoo Ave ©
Zoo Ave
Souvenir Museum ©
Souvenir Museum

3
nights
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), get outside with Salto and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
nights
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Rajada.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste takes 3.5 hours. October in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trip

Playa Rajada
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
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Playa Rajada ©
Playa Rajada

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Avellana. Get in touch with nature at Playa Conchal and Scuba & Snorkeling.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. October in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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 30th (Mon): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, and then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To see ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde custom trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Sarchi.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

1
night
Sarchi

Sarchi ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stop by Fabrica de Carretas Joaquin Chaverri and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Else Kientzler Botanical Garden, pause for some serene contemplation at Metal Church, and then relax in the rural setting at El Toledo Coffee Tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sarchi holiday planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Sarchi by car takes about 2.5 hours. November in Sarchi sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sarchi

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Metal Church, El Toledo Coffee Tour, Poas Volcano
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
El Toledo Coffee Tour ©
El Toledo Coffee Tour
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Else Kientzler Botanical Garden ©
Else Kientzler Botanical Garden

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