13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Portland
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  14​h 15​min
1
Tamarindo
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
6
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Portland

1
day
Tamarindo

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 8th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Dolores Shop.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary maker website .

Portland, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Portland to Tamarindo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolores Shop ©
Dolores Shop

2
nights
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.
On the 9th (Sat), look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Monteverde road trip site .

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

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You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

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
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero vacation builder .

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. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in February, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then stop by Jungle Avenue. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Tours, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nahomi.

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

Getting from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
San Jose

San Jose
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Namu and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in February, and nighttime lows around 65°F. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

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