13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto
Fly + Shuttle:  11 h
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
2
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Toronto

1
night
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): push the limits with an extreme tour, then glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo attractions tool.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Toronto in December: high temperatures in Tamarindo hover around 32°C and lows are around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

2
nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Spas & Wellness. Visiting Uvita Beach and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Uvita travel planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Uvita in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

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 24th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then walk around Parque Nahomi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Quepos, Horseback Riding Tours
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding
Horseback Riding Tours

5
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.
Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, trek along Senderos Los Tucanes, explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

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