14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Dublin
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  18​h 30​min
1
Playa Flamingo
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Dublin

3
nights
Playa Flamingo

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Relax by the water at Playa Hermosa and Playa Dantita. Step off the beaten path and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Playa Flamingo: Spas (in Playas del Coco) and Costa Rica'n Art Craft (in Liberia). There's still lots to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Playa Flamingo trip planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Playa Flamingo is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or fly. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Dublin to Playa Flamingo due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica'n Art Craft, Playa Dantita
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Manuel Antonio and Uvita Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Parasailing & Paragliding. Venture out of the city with trips to Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical) and Uvita (Uvita Waterfall & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's still lots to do: walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online route maker .

Traveling by car from Playa Flamingo to Manuel Antonio takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dominical, Uvita, Parque Nahomi
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 1st (Fri), kick back and relax at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at La Ceiba and then identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca visit planning tool .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Nature Observatorio
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

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 3rd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park and then get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Butterfly Conservatory. Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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