14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Portsmouth
+3
bus + foot + Fly + shuttle:  15​h
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
3
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  12​h 15​min
End: Portsmouth

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 4th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then see the interesting displays at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary builder site .

Portsmouth, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online holiday planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive 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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, examine the collection at Museo del Jade y la Cultura Precolombina, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, then examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana).

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Jose road trip website .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In June, daytime highs in San Jose are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turrialba.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

1
night
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Guayabo National Park and Monument.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Turrialba trip itinerary builder .

Drive from San Jose to Turrialba in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Turrialba can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Turrialba

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Guayabo National Park and Monument ©

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 10th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tortuguero itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Turrialba to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Turrialba in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tortuguero, with lows of 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wood & Art Gallery and Onirica Art Gallery. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning tool .

Drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
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.
On the 14th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Con Mucho Gusto, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary app .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Scuba & Snorkeling

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