14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Antigua
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  9​h 15​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h 30​min
4
Montezuma
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + shuttle:  3​h 15​min
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Antigua

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, parks, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker tool .

Antigua, Guatemala to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
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 23rd (Sun), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio itinerary planner.

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 shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for the ferry ride to Montezuma.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia and then head off the coast to Tortuga Island. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, stop by Tica Surf Bikinis, then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, and finally shop like a local with Bri'ah Art Gallery.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Montezuma trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by ferry from Manuel Antonio to Montezuma takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Tortuga Island
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Tortuga Island ©
Tortuga Island
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and finally identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of ferry and shuttle from Montezuma to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Poas Volcano National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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