13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday maker

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San Jose
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Playa Hermosa
— 2 nights
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Playa Samara
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night
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San Jose

— 1 night
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, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose road trip app.

Colorado Springs, USA to San Jose is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Colorado Springs to San Jose is 1 hour. In January, San Jose is warmer than Colorado Springs - with highs of 78°F and lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for the shuttle ride to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 nights
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 Baldi Hot Springs as well as Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall and then push the limits with Sky Adventures Arenal Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip app.

Traveling by journey from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Tue) before leaving for Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa

— 2 nights
Playa Hermosa, located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, is a popular beach and beach-front resort town.People who visit Playa Hermosa can indulge in swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, sport fishing or sailing.Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Province is not to be confused with Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas Province. Your day by day itinerary now includes Playa Conchal. On the 12th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Celeste. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Playa Hermosa visit website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Hermosa in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Playa Samara

— 1 night
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
You've now added Diria Coffee Tour to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara journey maker.

Getting from Playa Hermosa to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve as well as Curi Cancha Reserve.

For other places to visit and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sun) before leaving for Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Uvita Beach, Playa Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and then kick back and relax at Uvita Beach.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio tour planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

San Jose

— 1 night
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 20th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.