14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: London
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  18 h 45 min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: London

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nahomi.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planner.

London, UK to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Manuel Antonio. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Parque Nahomi
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
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 14th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner.

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 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) and then get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Vara Blanca, Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi )
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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.
On the 20th (Tue), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner .

You can drive from Poas Volcano National Park to Monteverde in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, stop by EK Art Jewelry, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo route builder app .

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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