13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Quebec City
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
End: San Jose

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Jade Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Toucan Rescue Ranch and Top Travel Costa Rica. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Jose itinerary maker .

Quebec City, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Quebec City to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Quebec City in May, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in San Jose: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Turrialba.

Things to do in San Jose

Wildlife Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, shop like a local with Galeria Estudio, then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Proyecto Asis, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planner .

You can drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Spas Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Ecological Sanctuary, snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde attractions planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Tamarindo Beach and Samara Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lydia Beech Art Boutique and MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY. Venture out of the city with trips to Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) (in Nosara) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tamarindo Church, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nosara, Playa Conchal, Samara Beach
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
On the 3rd (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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