13 days in Costa Rica & Tulum Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica & Tulum Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica & Tulum Itinerary

Start: Porto, Portugal
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  19​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
3
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
4
Tulum, Mexico
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  16​h
End: Porto, Portugal

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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, wildlife, parks, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, shop like a local with Wood & Art Gallery, stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning app .

Porto, Portugal to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Porto to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

1
night
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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 27th (Fri), stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Playa Conchal.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

1
night
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

Playa Conchal ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Dantita and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Playa Conchal travel route planning tool .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Playa Conchal by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tulum.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Playa Dantita
Highlights from your plan
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Dantita ©
Playa Dantita

4
nights
Tulum, Mexico

Tulum ©
The only Mayan site built to overlook the ocean, Tulum remains a coastal paradise preserving the last vestiges of a pre-Hispanic civilization.
You'll get in some beach time at Akumal Beach and Paradise Beach. Explore Tulum's surroundings by going to Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá (in Coba) and Xcaret Park (in Playa del Carmen). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 29th (Sun) at Xel-Ha. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Tulum Archaeological Site, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Balam Art On Feathers, and look for gifts at La Llorona.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tulum online trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Playa Conchal to Tulum. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Tulum can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tulum

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Xel-Ha Park by Xcaret, Xcaret Park, Cobá Zona Arqueológica Cobá, Akumal Beach
Highlights from your plan
Tulum Archaeological Site ©
Tulum Archaeological Site
Paradise Beach ©
Paradise Beach
Akumal Beach ©
Akumal Beach

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