14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Oklahoma City
Fly:  17​h
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Bagaces
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Playa Hermosa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
7
Punta Islita
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Puerto Jimenez
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
11
San Isidro
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Oklahoma City

1
night
San Jose

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and then shop like a local with Galeria Namu.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary maker website .

Oklahoma City, USA to San Jose is an approximately 17-hour flight. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Oklahoma City in December: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 79°F and lows are around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

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

1
night
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 11th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde route planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in December, Monteverde is a bit warmer at night with lows of 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bagaces.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

1
night
Bagaces

Bagaces ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Llanos de Cortez Waterfall and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bagaces day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Bagaces takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Hermosa.

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

1
night
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Playa Hermosa trip planner.

You can drive from Bagaces to Playa Hermosa in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Playa Hermosa can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 82°F. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

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night
Tamarindo

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 13th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online tour planner .

Drive from Playa Hermosa to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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night
Playa Samara

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 15th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, kick back and relax at Samara Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Samara route site .

Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In December in Playa Samara, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 82°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Punta Islita.

Things to do in Playa Samara

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

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night
Punta Islita

Punta Islita
On the 16th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Punta Islita vacation builder site .

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Punta Islita takes an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 82°F. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Punta Islita

Parks Wildlife
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night
Jaco

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 17th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then don't miss a visit to Mirador de Jaco.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Jaco road trip planning app .

Drive from Punta Islita to Jaco in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Zipline
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach
Mirador de Jaco ©
Mirador de Jaco

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night
Uvita

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 18th (Wed): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.

To find out how to plan a trip to Uvita, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Jaco to Uvita in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Puerto Jimenez.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

2
nights
Puerto Jimenez

Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stop by Jagua Arts and Crafts and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Jimenez online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Puerto Jimenez takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel to San Isidro.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Rancho Raices de Osa ©
Rancho Raices de Osa

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night
San Isidro

San Isidro ©
On the 21st (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bosque Caricias los Leones, then identify plant and animal life at Toucan Rescue Ranch, and then look for gifts at Chocolatería Sibú.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Isidro day trip app .

You can drive from Puerto Jimenez to San Isidro in 6 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Isidro

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Chocolatería Sibú ©
Chocolatería Sibú
Bosque Caricias los Leones ©
Bosque Caricias los Leones

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