13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner
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Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 3 nights

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary planner.

Ottawa, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Ottawa to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.
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Tortuguero — 1 night

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 10th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.
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Highlights from your trip

Manuel Antonio — 2 nights

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 11th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip planning app.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.
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Jaco — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: push the limits with an extreme tour and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 2 nights

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 15th (Wed): take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde online holiday planner.

Getting from Jaco to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.
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Tamarindo — 2 nights

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 17th (Fri): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip builder website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. On the 18th (Sat), you'll travel back home.
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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.
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