14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights

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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 La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, surround yourself with nature on Ecocentro Danaus, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning website.

Budapest, Hungary to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Budapest to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©

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.
On the 5th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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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.
On the 6th (Mon), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Mike’s Nature Tours.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip website.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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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 8th (Wed), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

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

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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 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde attractions planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then appreciate the views at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Poas Volcano National Park trip maker website.

Drive from Monteverde to Poas Volcano National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Orosi River Valley  ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) ©

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