14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 1 night
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
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Playa Samara
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Mal Pais
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Montezuma
— 2 nights
Bus to Paquera, Ferry to Puntarenas
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Puntarenas
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Dominical
— 1 night
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Sierpe
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Drake Bay
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San Jose
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San Jose — 1 night

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
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Porto, Portugal to San Jose is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Porto in October; daily highs in San Jose reach 31°C and lows reach 21°C. You'll set off for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 24th (Mon).
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Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 1 night

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 24th (Mon), trek along Senderos Los Tucanes and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker app.

You can take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Spas
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Monteverde — 1 night

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 26th (Wed), stroll through El Trapiche Tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and finally stop by Foresta.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 1 night

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 27th (Thu), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Playa Samara.
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Playa Samara

A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Playa Samara trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mal Pais.
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Mal Pais

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Mal Pais trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Mal Pais takes 3.5 hours. You'll set off for Montezuma on the 27th (Thu).
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Montezuma — 2 nights

With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): try to win big at Horse Spirit Healing, then take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Montezuma trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mal Pais to Montezuma takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puntarenas.
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Classes · Casinos · Tours · Outdoors
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Puntarenas

Pacific Pearl

A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with Calypso Cruises.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Puntarenas journey builder website.

Drive from Montezuma to Puntarenas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 2 nights

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 30th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty. On the next day, walk around Parque Nahomi, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Puntarenas to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dominical.
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Dominical — 1 night

The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dominical road trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Dominical by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. You will leave for Sierpe on the 1st (Tue).
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Sierpe

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sierpe attractions planner.

You can drive from Dominical to Sierpe in 1.5 hours. On the 1st (Tue), you'll travel to Drake Bay.
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Drake Bay — 3 nights

Spend a day of island exploring on the 3rd (Thu) at Cano Island.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Drake Bay trip planner.

Getting from Sierpe to Drake Bay by car takes about 2.5 hours. You will leave for San Jose on the 4th (Fri).
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San Jose

Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read San Jose trip planner.

You can drive from Drake Bay to San Jose in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.
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Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

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Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.
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