14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+4
train + foot + Fly + bus + shuttle:  15​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
San Jose
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
ferry:  3​h 30​min
5
Santa Teresa
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Tamarindo
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + train:  14​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall will get you outdoors. Spend the 1st (Thu) among the fascinating landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday planner.

Philadelphia, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Philadelphia to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

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

2
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.
On the 2nd (Fri), snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, take an in-depth tour of Museo Calderón Guardia, and then steep yourself in history at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and finally don't miss a visit to Mercado Nacional de Artesanias.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Monteverde to San Jose by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio and then look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio National Park vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio National Park can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

few
hours
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Teresa itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Manuel Antonio National Park to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

2
nights
Playa Samara

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 8th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, and then kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Playa Samara can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Belen Waterfall ©
Belen Waterfall

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get outside with Guanacaste Adventure & Travel and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, look for gifts at Diamante Boutique, then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. June in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Guanacaste Adventure & Travel
Highlights from your plan
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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