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 to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
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Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
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Uvita
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Fly

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Tamarindo

— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 25th (Sun), see Off-Road Tours and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and then get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo day trip app.

Geneva, Switzerland to Tamarindo is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Geneva to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Shopping

Side Trip

Playas del Coco

— 1 night

Coco Beach

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playas del coco, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Paradise Hot Springs and La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online vacation planner.

Getting from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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 31st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, then catch some excitement at El Trapiche Tour, and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip maker website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Jaco

— 1 night
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 2nd (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip planning tool.

Getting from Monteverde to Jaco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Uvita

— 1 night
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.
On the 3rd (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then stroll through Uvita Beach.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip planner.

Drive from Jaco to Uvita in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side 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.
On the 4th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online trip builder.

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.