13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

1
night
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.
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 13-hour flight. 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

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and River Rafting & Tubing. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or 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 Parks Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
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): look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Vara Blanca fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. For shopping fun, head to Galeria Aguas Verdes or Onirica Art Gallery. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

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

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

3
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 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 take a memorable tour with Tours.

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 travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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