13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  17​h
1
San Jose
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park), Jardin Botanico Lankester (in Cartago) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and look for gifts at Holalola Souvenir Shop.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Jose driving holiday planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to San Jose is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Lisbon to San Jose. Traveling from Lisbon in November, expect San Jose to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Jardin Botanico Lankester, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jardin Botanico Lankester ©
Jardin Botanico Lankester

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In November, Tortuguero is a bit warmer than San Jose - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Museums
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, take a memorable tour with Tours, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip maker .

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond. Here are some ideas for day two: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

Discover how to plan a Monteverde trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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