14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Fly

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Vara Blanca

— 2 nights
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tirimbina Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Vara Blanca holiday planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Vara Blanca is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Lisbon to Vara Blanca, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 14 — 16:

Cahuita

— 2 nights
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cahuita holiday app.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Cahuita in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Cahuita can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 18:

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 19th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip planner.

Getting from Cahuita to Tortuguero by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. February in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 nights
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 19 — 22:

Tamarindo

— 1 night
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 23rd (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip builder.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 23:

Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 24th (Wed): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde travel planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Adventure · Tours
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Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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 26th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To plan Manuel Antonio vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 26:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.