14 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

14 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America vacation planner

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive
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Granada, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive
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Leon, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
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Monteverde, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Head to Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and Alas y Raicesfor some retail therapy. Step off the beaten path and head to El Trapiche Tour and Monteverde Orchid Garden. The adventure continues: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planning site.

Seoul, South Korea to Monteverde is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and taxi. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Seoul to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Ventanas. Explore hidden gems such as Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Spas. Explore Manuel Antonio's surroundings by going to Uvita (Uvita Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical). Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Walking tours and stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio journey planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, and then take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation website.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

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Granada, Nicaragua

— 1 night

La Gran Sultana

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
On the 9th (Tue), examine the collection at Mi Museo, head off the coast to Islets of Granada, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Episcopal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Granada driving holiday planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Granada by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Leon.

Things to do in Granada

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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Leon, Nicaragua

— 1 night
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, and then contemplate the long history of Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Leon trip planning app.

You can drive from Granada to Leon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Leon

Historic Sites · Museums
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica

— 2 nights
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 11th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Potrero Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, see Off-Road Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo visit site.

Drive from Leon to Tamarindo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.

Nicaragua travel guide

4.2
Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.