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 + Bus + Taxi:  17​h
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Shuttle:  1​h
2
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Esterillos Este
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Tortuguero
— 1 day
Taxi + Bus:  3​h 30​min
7
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Portland

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, then look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary planning website .

Portland, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Portland to Monteverde. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can take a shuttle to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

1
night
Jaco

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.
On the 30th (Sat), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach, and then look for gifts at The Costa Rica Coffee Experience.

Plan my trip to Jaco with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Monteverde to Jaco by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Esterillos Este.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach
Fruity Monkey Poop ©
Fruity Monkey Poop

1
night
Esterillos Este

Esterillos Este ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bejuco.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Esterillos Este route planner.

Esterillos Este is just a stone's throw from Jaco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Esterillos Este

Outdoors Tours Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Bejuco ©
Playa Bejuco
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
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 2nd (Mon), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Super Joseth, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio route tool .

You can drive from Esterillos Este to Manuel Antonio in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

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: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

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

1
day
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.
On the 7th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero tour builder site .

Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 6 hours. In July in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

2
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 8th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planning tool .

You can take a shuttle from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tortuguero in July, with highs in San Jose at 80°F and lows at 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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