14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Durban
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + shuttle:  31​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
San Jose
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + bus + Fly + taxi:  33​h
End: Durban

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wood & Art Gallery and Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Ecotermales Fortuna. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, and stop by Souvenir Leo.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel itinerary planner.

Durban, South Africa to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 31-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 8 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Galeria Namu or J.LANG Atelier & Showroom. Visiting Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Poas Volcano will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from San Jose to Cartago to see Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip planning app .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Museums Parks

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Parque Nahomi, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then stop by Jungle Avenue.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio journey planning site .

Take a bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary, then shop like a local with Art House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally see the interesting displays at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

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Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

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