14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
+3
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, then surround yourself with nature on Ecocentro Danaus, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

Before you visit La Fortuna de San Carlos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

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 train, tram, flight, and shuttle. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Geneva to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone 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
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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), tour the pleasant surroundings at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Nosara Refuge for Wildlife and then enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Nosara tour planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Nosara in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then explore the galleries of Alas y Raices, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip builder site.

Drive from Nosara to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio driving holiday website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours Outdoors 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

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Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to 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
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
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 Punta Uva Beach and Playa Cocles. Get in touch with nature at Veragua Rainforest Park and La Ceiba. Change things up with a short trip to Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus in Puerto Limon (about 1h 05 min away). There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and stroll through La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

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

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