13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Vara Blanca
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Jaco
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
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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 19th (Sat): get a taste of local nightlife at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Vara Blanca road trip planning app.

San Jose to Vara Blanca is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Nightlife

Side Trips

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Tortuguero

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero road trip app.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. December in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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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, 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 Onirica Art Gallery, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
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Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then make a trip to Mirador de Jaco, and finally take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, get interesting insight from Tours, and then stop by Fruity Monkey Poop.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Jaco trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

Side Trip

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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.
On the 30th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then stroll around Manuel Antonio National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio road trip planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.