13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  10​h 30​min
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive + bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Puerto Limon
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
6
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Montreal

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary maker .

Montreal, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 10.5-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 gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Tamarindo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

2
nights
Monteverde

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 2nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then see the interesting displays at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Monteverde route planner .

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Tours
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Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) and River Rafting & Tubing. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, and get interesting insight from Tours.

Before you visit La Fortuna de San Carlos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature 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
night
Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Veragua Rainforest Park and then explore the activities along Tortuguero Canal.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Limon trip builder .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Limon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Tortuguero Canal ©
Tortuguero Canal

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, and then view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll through Parque Nahomi.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio road trip website .

Getting from Puerto Limon to Manuel Antonio by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

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

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 10th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Jose trip maker website .

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 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Cartago
Highlights from your plan
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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