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If you have 2 weeks, you'll be able to hit all the highlights, as well as some others, and at a slightly more relaxed pace to boot. For the first week of this itinerary, simply follow our one-week itinerary plan, but add an extra day in Monteverde, using that day to hit the attractions you didn't get to on the first day and going shopping. Monteverde has one of the country's most vibrant arts scenes and several worthwhile galleries, including Casa de Arte. In the evening, be sure to try Café Caburé, a low-key restaurant serving eclectic international fare and a wide range of homemade organic chocolate creations.

Days 8, 9 & 10: Southern Costa Rica
Fly from Quepos and Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay and settle into a remote ecolodge, such as La Paloma Lodge. You'll need 3 days to experience the many natural wonders of this southern zone. Aside from hiking in the rainforest, you'll be able to take scuba or snorkel outings, sportfishing trips, kayak adventures, and surfing lessons.

Days 11, 12 & 13: Guanacaste's Gold Coast
You've had enough nature and adventure; it's time to enjoy some pure R & R. From the southern zone, fly up to Guanacaste and spend your final days enjoying the pleasures of one of Costa Rica's Gold Coast beaches. If you can afford it and rooms are available, I recommend the Four Seasons Resort. Alternatively, you might enjoy a smaller boutique hotel such as Hotel Playa Hermosa Bosque del Mar.

If just lying on the beach or poolside is too mellow, you have scores of tour and activity options. If you're not feeling that active or adventurous, simply break out that novel you've been too busy to open and enjoy. On your last day, fly home from Liberia or San José.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.