13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
5
Ciudad Colon
— 1 night
Drive
6
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive
7
Hone Creek
— 1 night
Drive to Limon International Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport

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night
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
GoSouth Adventures Costa Rica has been added to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Sat), get interesting insight from GoSouth Adventures Costa Rica.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary tool.

New York City, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Tamarindo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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 25th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

3
nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Horseback Riding Tours as well as Power Wheels Adventures-Private ATV Tours. Take a break from the city and head to La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna.

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Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

1
night
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 30th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary app.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ciudad Colon.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

1
night
Ciudad Colon

Finca Caballo Loco - Horse Tours Costa Rica has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University for Peace and then take a pleasant ride with Finca Caballo Loco - Horse Tours Costa Rica.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ciudad Colon online trip builder.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Ciudad Colon by car takes about 3 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Ciudad Colon can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Ciudad Colon

Outdoors · Tours

few
hours
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.
To find more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose online road trip planner.

San Jose is very close to Ciudad Colon. In March, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 65°F. On the 31st (Sun), you're off to Hone Creek.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

1
night
Hone Creek

Cacao Trails Culture Tour has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Redfrogteam Biological Station and then gain interesting insight with Cacao Trails Culture Tour.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hone Creek trip planner.

Drive from San Jose to Hone Creek in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hone Creek

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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.