14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Aspen
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
San Jose
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Aspen

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and Poas Volcano. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Jade Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Jose: Cartago (Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, & more). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and shop like a local with Galeria Namu.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip planner .

Aspen, USA to San Jose is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Aspen to San Jose, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in November: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 79°F and lows are around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cartago, Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
Get in touch with nature at La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. Onirica Art Gallery and Wood & Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, and take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planner .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 24th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip tool .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

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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.
On the 26th (Tue), kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo travel route app .

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

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