We spent two weeks in Costa Rica in May this year. As I mentioned in an earlier post, we went to Costa Rica primarily to visit Alan’s sister who is currently living there, and also to see and do as much as we could fit into our limited time there!
Because Alan’s sister lives in Heredia, we spent more time in The Central Valley than most people probably would schedule into a two week trip. But with a comfortably warm climate, no pesky mosquitos, and plenty of day trips and adventures to be had, we thoroughly enjoyed our time in the Central Valley.
We hired a car, which we had for 9 days in total of our 14 day trip. Here’s a quick recap of how we spent our incredible two weeks in Costa Rica - and how we “squeezed all the juice out of the orange” (a great quote from our rental car company!) on our trip.
Day 0 We arrived late at night in Juan Santa Maria Airport, and went straight to our Bed & Breakfast in San Joaquin, Heredia.
Day 1 San Joaquin, Heredia. Visited Britt Coffee Factory.
Day 2 San Joaquin, Heredia. Picked up the rental car. Visited a beautiful waterfall about an hour out of Heredia that only the locals know about - we sure got the special treatment! Visited Sarchi, which is famous for its intricately painted ox-carts.
Day 3 San Joaquin, Heredia. Day trip to Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens.
Day 4 La Fortuna/Arenal. Spent the evening at Baldi Hot Springs - a little bit over the top but totally amazing!
Day 5 Monteverde. Night Nature Walk - saw plenty of wildlife in its natural habitat which was incredible.
Day 6 Monteverde. This day was an absolute highlight - we went zip-lining and climbed up the inside of a tree - wow!!
Day 7 Jaco. A relaxing day spent at the beach, and beside the pool.
Day 8 Manuel Antonio. We went on a sunset cruise from Quepos, jumped off the roof of the boat and snorkelled in the Pacific Ocean.
Day 9 Manuel Antonio. A nature walk through the National Park and swimming in one of the most beautiful beaches ever.
Day 10 San Joaquin, Heredia. Spent the Afternoon in San Jose, and visit the museum. Back in the Central Valley to be picked up the next morning to head to Tortugeuro.
Day 11 Early start heading to Tortugeuro with Exploradores Outdoors.
Day 12 Tortuguero. Raining, and totally relaxing.
Day 13 San Joaquin, Heredia. Back to the Central Valley, ready to fly out the following day.
Day 14 Hasta luego, Costa Rica!
We had such a fantastic time in Costa Rica!
To me, our itinerary felt like a perfect combination of activities, adventure, thrill, wildlife, beaches and relaxation. Of course there were plenty more places I would have absolutely loved to visit, but we simply didn’t have time for on this trip, for example Puerto Viejo in the South and the beaches of the Nagoyan Peninsula in the North - I’ve heard Samara Beach is incredible!
Rare is the trip where you can make it everywhere you want to go - there always has to be a reason to come back, right?!