Two weeks in Costa Rica is an excellent amount of time to delve into the country's incredible mix of luxury, adventure, and pristine nature. On a highlights tour, hike, bike, cruise, and snorkel your way from the Caribbean to the Pacific coast. Or, opt to include time in Turrialba's cloud forests and Uvita's unspoiled beaches to get off the main tourist trail. Wildlife enthusiasts who love their creature comforts can hop between luxury lodges while birders let private guides lead the way in search of exotic birds.

Itinerary #1: Luxury Costa Rica Highlights: Caribbean to Pacific

Uncover the best of Costa Rica's diverse landscapes on this luxury highlights adventure, crafted for first-time visitors eager to pack in the activities while still enjoying their creature comforts. Between 5-star stays in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio, you'll hike, mountain bike, cruise, snorkel, cook, and relax on pristine beaches. Then, top off your trip with a thrilling night in San José, sampling fine Costa Rican cuisine and top wines. 

Escape to the beaches of Manuel Antonio at the Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
Escape to the beaches of Manuel Antonio at the Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in San José, Transfer to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca  Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Day 2 Jaguar Rescue Center Visit & Afro-Caribbean Cooking Class Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Day 3 Cahuita National Park Snorkeling & Rainforest Spa Session Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Day 4 Bribri Indigenous Community Tour Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Day 5 Transfer to La Fortuna, Visit Eco Termales Hot Springs Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 6 Coffee & Chocolate Tour, Hanging Bridges & Waterfall Hike Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 7 Mountain Biking Around Lake Arenal & Sunset Cruise Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 8 Transfer to Monteverde, Tenorio Volcano National Park Hike Monteverde
Day 9 Cloud Forest Reserve Guided Hike & Treetop Dining Experience Monteverde
Day 10 Monteverde Hike, Transfer to Manuel Antonio & Catamaran Tour Manuel Antonio
Day 11 Manuel Antonio National Park Guided Hike & Spice Farm Visit Manuel Antonio
Day 12 Catamaran Snorkeling Tour Manuel Antonio
Day 13 Transfer to San José, Guided Night Walk with Dinner San José
Day 14 Depart San José  

Welcome to Costa Rica! Your luxury journey begins with a seamless transfer from San José to the Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Check into the 5-star Aguas Claras and spend the following days lazing on the sands of Playa Chiquita, learning new skills alongside an esteemed chef, and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of Cahuita National Park. Then, on Day 5, it's time to head inland to La Fortuna. Dedicate your three-day stay to relaxing and thrilling experiences, such as soaking in the Eco Termales Hot Springs, exploring the Arenal Hanging Bridges, and mountain biking around Lake Arenal

Midway through your adventure, settle into a bungalow at Koora Hotel tucked in the iconic Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Spend your first evening hiking alongside a guide in Tenorio Volcano National Park, then head to the San Lucas boutique hotel for a unique treetop dining experience. Manuel Antonio is featured next on your itinerary, where you'll join a guide for a private hike in Manuel Antonio National Park and devote a day to sailing and snorkeling in Biesanz Bay. Lastly, transfer to San José to celebrate the end of your grand adventure and catch your onward flight. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Off-the-Beaten-Path Luxury in Costa Rica: Puerto Viejo to Jacó

Take the reins with a rental car and discover the luxury side of Costa Rica on this expertly curated road trip. Ideal for those who enjoy keeping on the move and tackling activities that go off the popular tourist track, you'll embark on a canyoning adventure in Turrialba, hike through the cloud forest in San Gerardo de Dota, snorkel in Caño Island Biological Reserve, and take a surf lesson in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Additionally, after full and exciting days, you'll savor serene evenings in lavish 4 and 5-star accommodations, ensuring you wake up refreshed and eager for the next adventure.

 Discover the unspoiled Pacific beaches of Marino Ballena National Park
Discover the unspoiled Pacific beaches of Marino Ballena National Park
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in San José, Barrio Escalante Tour San José
Day 2 Fly to Limón, Drive to Puerto Viejo & Cooking Class Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Day 3 Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve & Waterfall Tour Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Day 4 Bribri Rituals & Medicinal Plants, Surf Lesson at Salsa Brava Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Day 5 Morning Trip to Jaguar Rescue Center Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Day 6 Drive to Turrialba, Chocolate Tour Turrialba
Day 7 Farm Tour & Cooking Class, Canyoning Adventure Turrialba
Day 8 Drive to San Gerardo de Dota, Coffee Tour San Gerardo de Dota
Day 9 Cloud Forest Hike & Birding, Afternoon Spa Treatment San Gerardo de Dota
Day 10 Drive to Uvita, Nauyaca Waterfall Tour Uvita
Day 11 Caño Island Biological Reserve Snorkeling Trip Uvita
Day 12 Marino Ballena National Park Tour, Surf Lesson Uvita
Day 13 Drive to Playa Herradura, Manuel Antonio Hike Playa Herradura 
Day 14 Return Drive to San José, Depart  

After arriving in San José and spending a night indulging in Barrio Escalante neighborhood's finest foods, you'll fly to Limón. Collect your premium rental car and head to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, where you'll check into the 4-star Aguas Claras for four nights. Throughout your stay, tick off exclusive activities like an Afro-Caribeean cooking class, a full-day outing in Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve, a surf lesson on Playa Salsa Brava, and a visit to the Jaguar Animal Rescue Center. Then, continue your road trip inland to Turrialba, the ideal base to visit a local cacao plantation and embark on a canyoning adventure. 

Eager for more excitement, your next stop in San Gerardo de Dota promises to do the trick, with a coffee farm visit, a cloud forest hike, and a spa night on the agenda. Then, it's time to trade the highlands for golden sand beaches. Drive to the seaside town of Uvita for three days of fun water-focused activities, including a horseback ride to the enchanting Nauyaca Waterfalls, a snorkeling trip to Caño Island Biological Reserve, and a hiking and boating tour in Marino Ballena National Park. With your trip winding down, detour to Manuel Antonio National Park before returning to San José. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Luxury Costa Rica Discovery: Forests, National Parks & Beaches

Focusing on the Pacific coast, this luxury discovery trip is perfect for nature and wildlife-loving travelers who enjoy a mix of exploring on their own and guided tours. Featuring Costa Rica's diverse landscapes, paired with accommodations selected for their comfort and incredible locations, you'll hike through Corcovado National Park, surf off Marino Ballena's shores, and zipline in Arenal Volcano National Park. Between, devote evenings to decadent spa treatments, soak in natural hot springs, and relax while boating along the southern coast.

Spot diverse wildlife like spider monkeys in multiple national parks including Manuel Antonio
Spot diverse wildlife like spider monkeys in multiple national parks, including Manuel Antonio
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in San José, City Tour San José
Day 2 Fly to Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula Corcovado National Park
Day 3 Caño Island Snorkeling Trip, Night Jungle Hike Corcovado National Park
Day 4 Morning Birding Tour, Guided Corcovado Hike Corcovado National Park
Day 5 Boat to Sierpe, Drive to Uvita Uvita
Day 6 Marino Ballena National Park Tour, Surfing Lesson Uvita
Day 7 Drive to Manuel Antonio, Waterfall Tour Manuel Antonio
Day 8 Manuel Antonio Guided Hike, Optional Activities Manuel Antonio
Day 9 Damas Island Kayak Tour, Drive to Monteverde Monteverde
Day 10 Cloud Forest Reserve Guided Tour, Night Hike Monteverde
Day 11 Drive to La Fortuna, Spelunking at Venado Caves Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 12 Safari River Float & Canopy Zipline Tour Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 13 Hike Arenal 1968, Hanging Bridges & Hot Springs Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 14 Return Drive to San José, Depart  

Your two-week luxury trip begins in the bustling city of San José, where you'll delve into its highlights during a privately guided tour. Then, board a flight bound for Drake Bay, located on the Osa Peninsula, and settle in for three days of exploration. Using the lavish SCP Corcovado Wilderness Lodge as your base, you'll snorkel in Caño Island Biological Reserve, embark on a night hike, and trek in Corcovado National Park. Next, continue to Uvita for a memorable day hiking and boating in Marino Ballena National Park before heading up the coast to Manuel Antonio National Park.

During your stay in Manuel Antonio, you'll swim at the picturesque Nauyaca Waterfalls, trek in search of wildlife, and kayak through the Damas Island Estuary Reserve. Next, drive inland to Monteverde and check into your luxury hotel, Senda Montverde Boutique. Spend the evening and the following day hiking in search of rare and exotic birds before continuing to La Fortuna. Over your final four days, there's plenty to pack in, including a cruise along the Río Peñas Blancas, a ziplining adventure, and a trek to the famous Arenal Hanging Bridges until a return drive to San José marks the end of your trip. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Luxury Costa Rica Wildlife Tour

Experience the rich biodiversity of Costa Rica on this luxury wildlife and nature-focused tour, featuring stops in Tortuguero, Sarapique, Boca Tapada, and Corcovado National Park. Perfect for nature enthusiasts, your adventure includes tarpon fishing, rainforest night hikes, wildlife-watching excursions, and snorkeling adventures in tropical fish-filled waters. Other notable highlights include a stay in the secluded Tortuga Lodge & Gardens and a boat trip along the Río Sarapiquí, each allowing you an up-close view of Costa Rica's unique wildlife.

Spot Costa Rican wildlife like the tamandua on rainforest hikes
Spot Costa Rican wildlife like the tamandua on rainforest hikes
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in San José, Afternoon City Tour San José
Day 2 Boat to Tortuguero, Local Village Tour Tortuguero
Day 3 Tortuguero Boat Tour, Twilight Manatus Hotel Trail Walk  Tortuguero
Day 4 Tarpon Fishing Experience, Massage at Manatus Hotel Tortuguero
Day 5 Transfer to Sarapiquí, Costa Rican Chocolate Tour Sarapiquí
Day 6 Río Sarapiquí Boat Trip, La Selva Nature Hike Sarapiquí
Day 7 Transfer to Boca Tapada, Rainforest Night Tour Boca Tapada
Day 8 Bird-Watching in Maquenque, River Kayaking Tour  Boca Tapada
Day 9 Río San Carlos Boat Tour, Rainforest Hiking in Boca Tapada Boca Tapada
Day 10 Transfer to Corcovado National Park, Jungle Night Walk Corcovado National Park
Day 11 San Pedrillo Ranger Station Guided Hike Corcovado National Park
Day 12 Snorkeling at Caño Island Biological Reserve Corcovado National Park
Day 13 Sirena Biological Station Trekking & Boat Trip Corcovado National Park
Day 14 Return Flight to San José, Depart  

Upon landing in San José, take a day to shrug off jet lag while exploring the lively city on foot before transferring by private boat to Tortuguero. Unpack your bags at the secluded Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, which will be your base for three nights as you cruise the canals of Tortuguero National Park, hike Manatus Hotel Trails by flashlight, and test your luck tarpon fishing in Tortuguero Conservation Area. Next, transfer west to Sarapiquí, where you'll discover the secrets of chocolate making, boat down the Río Sarapiquí with a naturalist, and hike through a preserved slice of the rainforest. 

On the morning of Day 7, journey north to Boca Tapada and dedicate three days to exploring this unspoiled paradise. Spend a morning bird-watching in Maquenque, embark on a private kayak safari, and boat along the Río San Carlos. Then, with four days left, continue to Corcovado National Park and check into Copa De Arbol Beach & Rainforest Resort. While here, embark on a guided hike to the San Pedrillo Ranger Station, snorkel in Caño Island Biological Reserve, and round off your adventure by trekking and boating around the Sirena Biological Station before catching a flight back to San José. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Luxury Birding Adventure in Costa Rica

Created with birders in mind, this adventure through Costa Rica ensures an up-close view of the country's rare and exotic bird species. Starting with a three-night stay in the renowned Rancho Naturalista, you'll seek out toucans, antbirds, woodcreepers, and more with the help of private guides. Then, test your luck at spotting subbitterns and snow cotingas in Tirimbina, motmots in Arenal, and the iconic scarlet macaw in Carara National Park. There's also plenty of time to relax at idyllic accommodations and book in for a spa treatment or two.

See spectacular Costa Rican birds such as scarlet macaws
See spectacular Costa Rican birds such as scarlet macaws
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in San José, Drive to Turrialba, Birding Tour Turrialba
Day 2 Birding at Rancho Naturalista Turrialba
Day 3 Aquiares Coffee Tour, Guayabo Archaeological Excursion Turrialba
Day 4 Drive to Sarapiquí, Forest Night Hike Sarapiquí
Day 5 Río Sarapiquí Tour, Tirimbina Bird-Watching Experience Sarapiquí
Day 6 Nature Hike, Drive to Arenal/La Fortuna Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 7 Bird-Watching Day Tour, Eco Termales Hot Springs Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 8 Hanging Bridges Walk, Sloth Observation Tour Arenal/La Fortuna
Day 9 Drive to Monteverde, Evening Bat Tour  Monteverde
Day 10 Selvatura Tour, Night Walk at the Children's Eternal Forest Monteverde
Day 11 Monteverde Cloud Forest Hike, Frog Pond & Treetop Dining Experience Monteverde
Day 12 Drive to Tárcoles, Jungle Crocodile Safari Tárcoles
Day 13 Carara National Park Guided Tour Tárcoles
Day 14 Drive to San José, Depart  

Straight off the plane in San José, you'll collect your rental car, drive to Turrialba, and check into one of the top birding lodges in Central America—Rancho Naturalista. With three days based here, you'll have time to embark on numerous private bird-watching tours, whitewater raft on the Río Pacuare, and explore Aquiares Estate, a historic coffee farm. Your adventure continues to Sarapiquí, where more thrilling bird-watching excursions await, along with a night hike and free time to relax at your ecolodge. Then, after a scenic drive to La Fortuna, check into the 5-star Nayara Springs for a three-night stay.

Spend your days in La Fortuna sng out exotic birds, relaxing in the Eco Termales Hot Springs, and conquering the Hanging Bridges hike. Then, hit the road to Monteverde, wedged in the wild Tilaran Mountain Range, where you'll join an exclusive bat tour in a jungle enclosure, hike on a suspended bridge through Selvatura, and delight in a luxury treetop dining experience. Your final overnight destination is Tárcoles, a small town known for its macaw population and giant crocodiles. Enjoy a two-night stay in the 5-star Hotel Villa Caletas and set aside a day to explore Carara National Park before driving back to San José. Learn more

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Map of 2 Weeks in Costa Rica - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas
Map of 2 Weeks in Costa Rica - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas