14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  10​h 45​min
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 45​min
4
Drake Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
6
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Nosara
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Toronto

1
night
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 25th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Monteverde online trip itinerary maker .

Toronto, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in December: high temperatures in Monteverde hover around 32°C and lows are around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, get interesting insight from Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation site .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip planning site .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

1
night
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
On the 30th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Cano Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa San Josecito and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Drake Bay trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Tortuguero to Drake Bay by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Wed), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio travel route planner .

You can drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planner .

You can take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

3
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, putt your heart out at Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback, kick back and relax at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), and then have some family-friendly fun at Nosara Escape.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nosara itinerary maker app .

You can drive from San Jose to Nosara in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nosara

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Samara
Highlights from your plan
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)

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