13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
+2
Fly + Bus + Taxi:  11 h
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 45 min
6
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  10 h 15 min
End: New York City

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 19th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, then kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and finally view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Monteverde road trip planning website.

New York City, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 11- hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero tour planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. February in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning site.

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 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano, then look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then head outdoors with Parque Recreativo Los Manantiales.

Plan my day in Poas Volcano National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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