14 days in Costa Rica & San Juan Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica & San Juan Itinerary

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Start: Oklahoma City, United States
Fly:  9 h 45 min
1
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Bagaces, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Uvita, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 15 min
9
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h
10
San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: Oklahoma City, United States

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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 9th (Mon): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo road trip planning app.

Oklahoma City, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Oklahoma City in December; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 82°F and lows reach 82°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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night
Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 10th (Tue), kick back and relax at Samara Beach, kick back and relax at Barrigona Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Playa Samara day trip planning tool.

Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Playa Samara are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Belen Waterfall ©
Belen Waterfall

1
night
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa, located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, is a popular beach and beach-front resort town.People who visit Playa Hermosa can indulge in swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, sport fishing or sailing.Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Province is not to be confused with Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas Province. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Nacascolo and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Playa Hermosa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Playa Hermosa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Playa Hermosa can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bagaces.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Nacascolo
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Nacascolo ©
Playa Nacascolo

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Bagaces, Costa Rica

Bagaces
For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Bagaces tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Playa Hermosa to Bagaces takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 82°F. On the 12th (Thu), you're off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Bagaces

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get outside with El Salto and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and finally view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning site.

Getting from Bagaces to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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Jaco, Costa Rica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and then make a trip to Mirador de Jaco.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Jaco holiday builder.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Jaco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Zipline
Mirador de Jaco ©
Mirador de Jaco

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Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Puerto Jimenez ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stop by Jagua Arts and Crafts and then stroll through Golfo Dulce.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Jimenez trip planner.

Drive from Jaco to Puerto Jimenez in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Golfo Dulce ©
Golfo Dulce
Jagua Arts and Crafts ©
Jagua Arts and Crafts

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Uvita, Costa Rica

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Uvita trip planning tool.

You can drive from Puerto Jimenez to Uvita in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Uvita

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Dominical
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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store ©
Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store

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San Jose, Costa Rica

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Jose holiday builder app.

Traveling by bus from Uvita to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Juan.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
Explore San Juan's surroundings by going to Trollbeads (in Canovanas), Monkey Threads (in Luquillo) and El Yunque Rain Forest (in El Yunque National Forest). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Juan driving holiday planner.

You can fly from San Jose to San Juan in 8.5 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Jose to San Juan due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Jose in December; daily highs in San Juan reach 85°F and lows reach 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Trollbeads, Monkey Threads, El Yunque Rain Forest
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Sitio Histórico de San Juan ©
Sitio Histórico de San Juan
Old San Juan ©
Old San Juan

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