14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Jose day trip planning tool .

Amsterdam, Holland to San Jose is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to San Jose, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, you will find days in San Jose are warmer (31°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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.
On the 21st (Mon), 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 reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary tool .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Jose in October, things will get a bit warmer in Tortuguero: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

4
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, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
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 26th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde holiday website .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Zipline in Jaco (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll through Playa Biesanz, walk around Parque Nahomi, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Zipline
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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