14 days in Costa Rica & San Juan Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica & San Juan Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica & San Juan Itinerary

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
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 + Drive:  8​h 45​min
End: Oklahoma City, United States

1
night
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): stroll through Tamarindo Beach, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planner.

Oklahoma City, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Oklahoma City in December; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 82°F and lows reach 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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

1
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), enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Playa Samara travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Playa Samara can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time 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 ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Nacascolo and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Playa Hermosa trip planner .

Getting from Playa Samara to Playa Hermosa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Playa Hermosa, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 82°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bagaces.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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night
Bagaces, Costa Rica

Bagaces ©
On the 12th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bagaces driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Playa Hermosa to Bagaces takes 1.5 hours. December in Bagaces sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 82°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Bagaces

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get outside with Salto and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then shop like a local with Galeria Estudio, and finally shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route planner.

You can drive from Bagaces to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Jaco.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Jaco visit planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Jaco by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: 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

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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night
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Puerto Jimenez ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): look for gifts at Jagua Arts and Crafts and then look for all kinds of wild species at Golfo Dulce.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Jimenez trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Jaco to Puerto Jimenez takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Golfo Dulce ©
Golfo Dulce

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night
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.
On the 17th (Tue), stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Uvita using our trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Jimenez to Uvita by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Dominical
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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

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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): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Jose journey builder .

Traveling by bus from Uvita to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in December, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Juan.

Things to do in San Jose

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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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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nights
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 El Yunque Rain Forest (in El Yunque National Forest), Monkey Threads (in Luquillo) and Trollbeads (in Canovanas). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old San Juan, contemplate the long history of Sitio Histórico de San Juan, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Catedral.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Juan vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to San Juan takes 9 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from San Jose to San Juan is 2 hours. In December, San Juan is somewhat warmer than San Jose - with highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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