14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Shuttle to San José, Fly to Tamarindo
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to London

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Arenal Volcano and Ecotermales Fortuna. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning app.

London, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 7:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca travel planning site.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip planner.

Getting from Vara Blanca to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
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 10th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Manuel Antonio fast, fun, and easy.

Drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 11:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll through Playa Conchal.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo road trip app.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 13:

Monteverde

— 3 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.
On the 14th (Thu), stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: experience the excitement of El Trapiche Tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip site.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:

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.