13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly

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Monteverde

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 13th (Sat), look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: 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 then view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary website.

Denver, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Denver to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Adventure
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Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and River Rafting & Tubing. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches
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Vara Blanca

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): join in the after-dark buzz at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

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Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Nightlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 18:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. For shopping fun, head to Galeria Aguas Verdes or Onirica Art Gallery. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey app.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 22nd (Mon), stroll through Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Playa Avellana and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 24:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.