14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Limon International Airport, Drive to Tortuguero
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly

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

Montreal, Canada to Tortuguero is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Montreal to Tortuguero, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, Tortuguero is warmer than Montreal - with highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday app.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Vara Blanca

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 15th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

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.
On the 16th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip website.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:

Jaco

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 17th (Mon), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): trot along with a tour on horseback and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Jaco driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Adventure · Historic Sites
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Tamarindo

— 2 nights
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 21st (Fri): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

Discover how to plan a Tamarindo trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

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.