14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— Few hours
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Uvita
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
7
San Jose
— 1 night

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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.
To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read San Jose sightseeing planner.

Los Angeles, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to San Jose. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in San Jose reach 79°F and lows reach 66°F. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Uvita.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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3
nights
Uvita

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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Ventanas and Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica. Step off the beaten path and head to Alegria Soul Spa and Ultralight Tour. Go for a jaunt from Uvita to Quepos to see Playa Matapalo about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro Verde Biological Reserve, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and take in the exciting artwork at Magic Ananda.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Uvita trip builder app.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Uvita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 27th (Sun), you're off to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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3
nights
Manuel Antonio

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.
Visiting Playa Espadilla Norte and Mike’s Nature Tours will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Skydive Costa Rica and La Playita. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at The Captain's Booty, take in the natural beauty of Manuel Antonio Hot Springs, and test your problem-solving skills at Costa Rica Escape Bus.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Skydiving
Skydive Costa Rica
4.9
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Spa
Spas
4.7

2
nights
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 31st (Thu): get a dose of the wild on Costa Rican Tropical Tours, then stroll through Playa Carmen, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then stroll through Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Santa Teresa trip simple and quick.

Traveling by ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Must see
Playa Carmen
4.4
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Spa
Spas
4.6

2
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Islita, then zoom along the surf with WaterWorld Flyboarding, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Chillasana Yoga & Surf School. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Buena Vista, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Nosara Riversafari - Tours, and then get outside with Equisol Retreats CR, SRL.

Start your trip to Playa Samara by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Beach
Playa Islita
4.0

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip site.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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Must see
Spas
4.7
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
5.0

1
night
San Jose

Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get a dose of the wild on Green Stone Adventures - One Day Tours and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Jose online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tamarindo to San Jose in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Adventure · Spas · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
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Spa
Spas
4.8

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