13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  11​h
End: Toronto

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tirimbina Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) and then explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Vara Blanca day trip planning website .

Toronto, Canada to Vara Blanca is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ), Tirimbina Biological Reserve, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, get outside with Salto, and get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery.

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Getting from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero route site .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

2
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
On the 18th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park and then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then identify plant and animal life at Tarantulas Way.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cahuita trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Tortuguero to Cahuita in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Cahuita can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 20th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip tool .

Traveling by car from Cahuita to Manuel Antonio takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and then look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monteverde attractions tool .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

2
nights
Tamarindo

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 (Thu), stroll through Playa Avellana, then wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo route maker website .

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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