14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Geneva
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  21​h 15​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
+4
bus + foot + bus + Fly + train:  22​h 15​min
End: Geneva

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, and then get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and finally take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Geneva, Switzerland to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

2
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
On the 19th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife and then enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nosara day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Nosara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Samara
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then get a taste of the local shopping with Alas y Raices, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Monteverde trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Nosara to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Horseback Riding Tours
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

1
night
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 22nd (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio road trip planning app .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Walking tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Uvita

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours and then ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and finally look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Uvita vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva Beach. Visiting Nature Observatorio and Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Viejo de Talamanca: Puerto Limon (Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus & Veragua Rainforest Park). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles, look for all kinds of wild species at La Ceiba, and relax in the rural setting at Chocorart.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca holiday maker app .

You can drive from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Puerto Limon, Manzanillo, Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
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Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

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