13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Drake Bay
— 3 nights
5
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at El Toledo Coffee Tour.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose online vacation planner .

San Francisco, USA to San Jose is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to San Jose is 2 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in February, expect San Jose to be a bit warmer, temps between 79°F and 65°F. You'll set off for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 21st (Wed).
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El Toledo Coffee Tour ©
El Toledo Coffee Tour

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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel route planner .

You can drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for Manuel Antonio on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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.
Manuel's Tours has been added to your itinerary. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and stop by Jungle Avenue.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio travel route builder app .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will leave for Drake Bay on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Jungle Avenue
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Manuel's Tours ©
Manuel's Tours
Jungle Avenue ©
Jungle Avenue

3
nights
Drake Bay

Drake Bay ©
You've now added The Night Tour with Tracie The Bug Lady to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: grab your flashlight and head to The Night Tour with Tracie The Bug Lady.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Drake Bay trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Cano Island ©
Cano Island

1
night
San Jose

San Jose
For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to San Jose takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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