14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose
— 2 nights
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
3
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
5
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
6
San Jose
— 3 nights

2
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.
On the 29th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ruins of the Church of Carthage. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral, thenview the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, thenenjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Universidad de Costa Rica, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose online holiday builder.

Reno, USA to San Jose is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Reno to San Jose is 2 hours. When traveling from Reno in April, plan for a bit warmer days in San Jose, with highs around °F, while nights are much warmer with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Alajuela, Cartago
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Ruins of the Church of Carthage ©
Ruins of the Church of Carthage
Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum ©
Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

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.
On the 1st (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Ecocentro Danaus, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, head outdoors with El Salto, thentake in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, thentake in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and finally trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

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

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Los Lagos Hot Springs ©
Los Lagos Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

1
night
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stop by Playa Ocotal, take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, thentake in the exciting artwork at Alessandra Cola Art, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco day trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Playa Ocotal
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Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take a tour of Kingpin Sportfishing, explore the galleries of Con Mucho Gusto, take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, thenget your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's by the Sea. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Tamarindo Church, head outdoors with Los Piratas de Flamingo, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Mina.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Mina, Los Piratas de Flamingo
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Playa Mina ©
Playa Mina
Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique
Tamarindo Church ©
Tamarindo Church

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Isla de Cabuya and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Isla de Cabuya
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Isla de Cabuya ©
Isla de Cabuya

3
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana). Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, and then stroll through Toucan Rescue Ranch.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Santa Teresa to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sarchi, Metal Church, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi and the Museum, Toucan Rescue Ranch
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