14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Reno
Fly:  22​h
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Reno

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): make a trip to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ruins of the Church of Carthage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Universidad de Costa Rica, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Jose travel itinerary planner.

Reno, USA to San Jose is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Reno to San Jose. While traveling from Reno, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Jose, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cartago, Alajuela
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Walking tours
Ruins of the Church of Carthage ©
Ruins of the Church of Carthage

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stroll through Ecocentro Danaus, delve into the lush surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, get outside with Salto, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and finally take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and finally admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner.

Drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Los Lagos Hot Springs ©
Los Lagos Hot Springs

1
night
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 3rd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ocotal, take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, then get a taste of the local shopping with Alessandra Cola Art, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco vacation planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Beaches Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Playa Ocotal
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Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Kingpin Sportfishing, take in the exciting artwork at Con Mucho Gusto, view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, then get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's by the Sea. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Tamarindo Church, then head outdoors with Los Piratas de Flamingo, and then kick back and relax at Playa Mina.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Mina, Los Piratas de Flamingo
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Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique
Tamarindo Church ©
Tamarindo Church
Con Mucho Gusto ©
Con Mucho Gusto

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): head off the coast to Isla de Cabuya and then kick back and relax at Playa Carmen.

For reviews and tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Isla de Cabuya
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Isla de Cabuya ©
Isla de Cabuya

3
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana). On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Ruinas de Ujarras, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Toucan Rescue Ranch.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Jose online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or drive. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sarchi, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, Metal Church, Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum
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