14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  15​h
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Poas Volcano National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
End: San Francisco

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, identify plant and animal life at Valle Escondido Preserve, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Wild Hikes. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Catarata Los Murcielagos, then look for all kinds of wild species at Aguti Monteverde - Wildlife Reserve, and then explore the world behind art at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde holiday planning website .

San Francisco, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Monteverde, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve
Monteverde Wild Hikes ©
Monteverde Wild Hikes

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge and Barraba's Surf. Change things up with a short trip to Parasailing & Paragliding in Dominical (about 50 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, enjoy the sand and surf at Playas Gemelas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mulguri Adventure.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker app .

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 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, Parasailing & Paragliding
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

1
day
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 11th (Sun), learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. August in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 73°F at night. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

4
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bogarin Trail and Venado Caves. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Butterfly Conservatory, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Spend the 14th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning website .

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 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Safaris
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

3
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park ©
On the 16th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Mariposas Sarchi and then look for all kinds of wild species at Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Catarata Rio Agrio and then look for all kinds of wild species at Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park trip builder site .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 18th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Catarata Rio Agrio, Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre, Mariposas Sarchi, Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center
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Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center ©
Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center
Catarata Rio Agrio ©
Catarata Rio Agrio

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