13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Rincon de La Vieja
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dominical
— 4 nights
Drive
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Liberia
— 1 night
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Rincon de La Vieja

— 2 nights
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Negro Hot Springs.

For photos and more tourist information, read our Rincon de La Vieja online road trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Rincon de La Vieja is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Rincon de La Vieja due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in December, expect Rincon de La Vieja to be much warmer, temps between 32°C and 32°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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.
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Rincon de La Vieja to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Monteverde, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. You'll set off for Dominical on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Dominical

— 4 nights
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, Pineapple Tours, Dominical Surf School, and other attractions you added. Step out of Dominical to go to Manuel Antonio and see Playa Manuel Antonio, which is approximately 58 minutes away. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dominical trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Dominical in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Liberia.

Things to do in Dominical

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Liberia

— 1 night

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stop by Nahua.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Liberia trip builder site.

You can drive from Dominical to Liberia in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Liberia

Shopping

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.