14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Las Catalinas
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Playa Flamingo
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
5
Playa Potrero
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
7
Rincon de La Vieja
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h
End: Ottawa

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore and take pictures at Finca Loma Verde. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Ottawa, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tenorio Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
nights
Tenorio Volcano National Park

Tenorio Volcano National Park ©
To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tenorio Volcano National Park trip builder site .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tenorio Volcano National Park takes 1.5 hours. In December in Tenorio Volcano National Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Las Catalinas.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Nature Parks
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Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste

1
night
Las Catalinas

Las Catalinas ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Dantita and then explore and take pictures at Playa Danta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Prieta Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Las Catalinas tour itinerary maker app .

Drive from Tenorio Volcano National Park to Las Catalinas in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Las Catalinas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Prieta Beach
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Playa Danta ©
Playa Danta
Playa Dantita ©
Playa Dantita
Prieta Beach ©
Prieta Beach

1
night
Playa Flamingo

Playa Flamingo
The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Flamingo itinerary planner .

Playa Flamingo is just a stone's throw from Las Catalinas. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for Playa Potrero.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors
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1
night
Playa Potrero

Playa Potrero ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Playa Potrero road trip planning site .

Playa Potrero is very close to Playa Flamingo. In December in Playa Potrero, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. You will leave for Tamarindo on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Playa Potrero

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Playa Potrero to Tamarindo takes an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. On the 1st (Wed), you're off toRincon de La Vieja.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Monkey Park ©
Monkey Park

2
nights
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the sheer force of Sensoria Land of Senses. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Rio Negro Hot Springs, then explore the striking landscape of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rincon de La Vieja trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Rincon de La Vieja takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria, Rincon de La Vieja National Park
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Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Rio Negro Hot Springs ©
Rio Negro Hot Springs

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