14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Asheville
Fly + Drive:  12 h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Liberia
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
6
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h
7
San Jose
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  8 h 30 min
End: Asheville

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Galeria Aguas Verdes as well as Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and then take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Souvenir Leo, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, then browse the exhibits of Wood & Art Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, and finally stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes.

To find more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Asheville, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Shopping
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
ChocoMuseo La Fortuna ©
ChocoMuseo La Fortuna
Galeria Aguas Verdes ©
Galeria Aguas Verdes

1
night
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Galeria 1824 Gallery, Hidden Garden Art Gallery and Souvenir Ocarina. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Costa Rica'n Art Craft and then browse the exhibits of Costa Rica Wild Art.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Liberia route planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Liberia

Shopping Museums
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Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery
Souvenir Ocarina ©
Souvenir Ocarina

1
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.
To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner.

You can take a bus from Liberia to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Papaya Con Leche ©
Papaya Con Leche

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): kick back and relax at Samara Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Playa Samara trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery, then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, and then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Monteverde travel site .

Drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk
Arte Jaguar Gallery ©
Arte Jaguar Gallery

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

Plan trip to Manuel Antonio with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

6
nights
San Jose

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.
You've added Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia, Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle, Chieton Moren, and other attractions to your itinerary. Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Galeria Namu will appeal to museum buffs. For shopping fun, head to Biesanz Woodworks or Avenida Escazu. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Jose trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. April in San Jose sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F at night. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Escazu
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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