14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Jaco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: San Jose

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get outside with Salto, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
On the 18th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo online vacation maker .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero road trip tool .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Tortuguero in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Tamarindo in December, expect little chillier with lows of 25°C in Tortuguero. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Adventure
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach and then look for gifts at Choco.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cahuita National Park
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

4
nights
Jaco

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jungle Avenue (in Quepos) and Playa Manuel Antonio (in Manuel Antonio). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, don't miss a visit to Mirador de Jaco, trot along with a tour on horseback, and view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip planner .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Jaco in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Jungle Avenue, Playa Manuel Antonio
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Horseback Riding Tours

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