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Lush green forests are full of wildlife, pristine beaches on two coastlines, gently smoking volcanoes and warm turquoise seas that are home to turtles, rays, whales, and dolphins. Whether you’re seeking out much-needed R&R on a tropical beach, looking to delve beneath the waves, or searching for adventure on a jungle trek or caving experience, Costa Rica’s got you covered. This friendly Central American nation packs a real punch despite its small size, which makes it all the easier to fully explore Costa Rica in two weeks.

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1. A Tropical Splendour: 12 days in Costa Rica

Irazu Volcano is a good addition to a two week Costa Rica itinerary
Irazu Volcano is an impressive site to visit near San Jose.
Day 1 Arrive in San Jose
Day 2 Tours of coffee plantation and La Paz Waterfall Garden
Day 3 Trek to Irazu Volcano and Orosi Valley
Day 4 Enjoy the hot springs of Arenal Volcano National Park
Day 5 Zipline in Arenal Volcano National Park
Day 6 Balsa River whitewater rafting
Day 7 Visit turtle conservation projects in Tortuguero National Park
Day 8  Tortuguero National Park hike and boat tour
Day 9 Relax at Puerto Viejo & Cahuita beaches
Day 10 Nature walk at Puerto Viejo & Cahuita beaches
Day 11 Return to San Jose
Day 12 Depart from San Jose

Nature lovers, families, and thrill-seekers will all adore this two-week trip to Costa Rica, encompassing the country’s major national parks and natural sights. After hitting the streets of San Jose, you’ll be whisked off on a day tour from San Jose to the water-filled crater of the still-active Irazu Volcano and get a taste of Costa Rica's famous coffee on a coffee plantation tour. Then it is off to Arenal Volcano National Park, where you can opt for massage treatments at the hot springs and fly through the canopy on a zipline. The thrills continue on the Balsa River en route to Tortuguero National Park, before heading south to the Caribbean vibes of Puerto Viejo & Cahuita beaches for some much-needed solar therapy. End the tour in San Jose. See tours.

2. An Outdoor Adventure: 12-day Costa Rica holiday

Mountain biking through the lush jungles of Costa Rica
A two-week itinerary gives enough time to hike, raft, bike and kayak through Costa Rica.
Day 1 Arrive in San Jose
Day 2 Enjoy the wildlife of Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 3 Naranjilla Valley mountain biking and trekking
Day 4 Cemetery Hill hike
Day 5 Continental divide mountain biking
Day 6 Cycle to Tapani National Wildlife Refuge
Day 7 River Pacuare rafting
Day 8 Explore the Pacuare Valley rainforests
Day 9 River Pacuare rafting
Day 10 Caribbean coast mountain biking and kayaking
Day 11 Relax on the beach
Day 12 Depart from Costa Rica

Adrenaline junkies beware, Costa Rica is more than a match for you! This is the most action-packed Costa Rica 2-week itinerary you’re likely to find. You will leave motorized transport behind you to mountain bike, hike, pack raft and kayak your way 250 kilometers from the country’s Pacific to the Caribbean coasts. Engage the lowest gears to cycle up mountainous terrain in Naranjillo Valley, hike through unspoiled jungle valleys in Tapani National Wildlife Refuge, splash through the whitewater of the Pacuare River, and finally kayak at the Caribbean coast — tired but triumphant — to the adventure’s end. Describe your ideal 12-day ideal trip to Costa Rica for a customized itinerary.

3. Coast to Coast: 13 days in Costa Rica

Man walking on the beach in Costa Rica
Visit the beaches on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica.
Day 1 Explore  San Jose after arrival
Day 2 Explore villages on route to Tortuguero National Park
Day 3 Tortuguero boating and jungle tours
Day 4 Cooking class in Puerto Viejo
Day 5 Free day in Puerto Viejo beach
Day 6 Pacuare River rafting
Day 7  Head into the forests of Arenal Volcano National Park
Day 8  Jeep and boat ride to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Day 9  Monteverde zipline experience
Day 10 Rio Grande de Tarcoles boat tour
Day 11 Hike through Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 12 Free time to explore San Jose
Day 13 Depart from Costa Rica

This 13-day Costa Rica itinerary gives you enough time to enjoy the country’s diverse beauty from coast to coast without feeling like you’re doing nothing but traveling. Starting in the thick tropical jungle of Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast, you will then get to learn about Costa Rican cuisine through a cooking class in Puerto Viejo. Next, you’ll paddle down one of the world’s top rafting rivers to explore the unique landscapes around Arenal Volcano. Hang with the monkeys on the ziplines of Monteverde Cloud Forest. After relaxing on the white sands of Manuel Antonio National Park, there’s just enough time to explore what the capital, San Jose, has to offer too. See tours.

4. National Parks, Reserves, and Refuges: 15 days in Costa Rica

Sloth in a wildlife refuge in Costa Rica
Visit Cano Negro Wildlife refuge and spot sloths in the wild
Day 1 Arrive in San Jose
Day 2 Visit the colourful villages of Tortuguero National Park
Day 3 Tortuguero National Park boat tours
Day 4 Relax at the hot springs of Arenal Volcano National Park
Day 5 Customized activities at Arenal Volcano National Park
Day 6 Full day tour of Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
Day 7 Wonder at the landscape traveling to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Day 8 Customized activities at Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Day 9 Free time to relax in Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 10 Explore Manuel Antonio National Park under your own steam
Day 11 Free day at Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 12 Relax or head into the jungle at Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 13 Free day at Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 14 Catch your last glimpse of San Jose
Day 15 Depart from Costa Rica

There’s probably no better way for nature lovers to spend their time in Costa Rica than this itinerary. Combine a planned itinerary of adventures, with time for a customizable range of tours and activities that best suit your personal interests. Having explored the winding waterways of Tortuguero National Park, you head to Arenal Volcano, where hiking, kayaking, and horseriding are all on offer. Ziplining through the Monteverde Cloud Forest is just one of the more adventurous options here, before the tour arrives in Manuel Antonio National Park, with plenty of time to explore the incredible rainforest and fantastic Pacific beaches that make up the park. See tours.

Costa Rica’s wealth of attractions make it a popular destination will all manner of vacationers, from those who want to lie quietly on the beach soaking up the sun to those more interested in flying through the jungle canopy on a zipline.

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Published by Sofie, updated on June 30, 2023

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