13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose
— 2 nights
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
On the 22nd (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte y Deseno Contemprorano. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, thentake in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose tour itinerary builder website.

Brussels, Belgium to San Jose is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to San Jose is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Brussels in July, expect San Jose to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cartago, Chocolatería Sibú
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

1
night
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio attractions planning site.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and Arte Jaguar Gallery. Santa Elena Skywalk and Chorotega Arts & Crafts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 29th (Mon), kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, take in the exciting artwork at Con Mucho Gusto, and then view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Playa Conchal
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
You'll explore and learn at Onirica Art Gallery and Galeria Estudio. Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. There's much more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning tool.

Getting from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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