14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Brussels
+4
Train + Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  20 h 30 min
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 15 min
2
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  17 h 45 min
End: Brussels

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach and then stroll through Nature Observatorio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, indulge your taste buds at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Nature Observatorio
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

1
night
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.
On the 24th (Wed), take a memorable tour with Tours and then ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, thenstroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Uvita tour builder tool.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

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 ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

2
nights
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.
On the 26th (Fri), get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, thenexplore the galleries of Art House, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery, thentake a memorable tour with Monteverde Wild Hikes, and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Uvita to Monteverde in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Horseback Riding Tours
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Tamarindo Church, thenfind your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo holiday planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Papaya Con Leche ©
Papaya Con Leche

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Paradise Hot Springs and Venado Caves. Head to Galeria Estudio and Onirica Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from La Fortuna de San Carlos: El Castillo (Butterfly Conservatory & Arenal Eco Zoo). And it doesn't end there: hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, get a dose of the wild on Ecocentro Danaus, and take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation maker site.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
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