13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Ciudad Colon
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Hone Creek
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  35​h
End: New York City

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You've now added GoSouth Adventures Costa Rica to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take a tour by water with GoSouth Adventures Costa Rica.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo travel route builder website .

New York City, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

GoSouth Adventures Costa Rica
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
GoSouth Adventures Costa Rica ©
GoSouth Adventures Costa Rica

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 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 Monteverde Frog Pond, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then catch some excitement at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, 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 take a shuttle; or take a bus. 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
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Horseback Riding Tours as well as Power Wheels Adventures-Private ATV Tours. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take a peaceful walk through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning tool .

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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.
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 find ratings, other places to visit, photos, 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 Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Ciudad Colon

Ciudad Colon ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Finca Caballo Loco - Horse Tours Costa Rica. On the 31st (Sun), enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University for Peace and then trot along with Finca Caballo Loco - Horse Tours Costa Rica.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ciudad Colon route website .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Ciudad Colon in 3 hours. In March, daytime highs in Ciudad Colon are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Ciudad Colon

Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
University for Peace ©
University for Peace

few
hours
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.
Poas Volcano has been added to your itinerary.

You can plan San Jose trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March in San Jose, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

1
night
Hone Creek

Hone Creek ©
Cacao Trails Culture Tour has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Redfrogteam Biological Station and then indulge in some culinary diversions at Cacao Trails Culture Tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hone Creek trip planner .

Drive from San Jose to Hone Creek in 4 hours. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hone Creek

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Redfrogteam Biological Station, Sixaola Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Sixaola Bridge ©
Sixaola Bridge

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