13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday builder

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport
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Liberia
— 1 night
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
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Puntarenas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Liberia
— 1 night
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Liberia

— 1 night

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
On the 29th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of La Ermita La Agonia and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Liberia trip itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to Liberia is an approximately 9-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Liberia is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Wildlife

Tamarindo

— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online tour planner.

Drive from Liberia to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You will leave for Puntarenas on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Puntarenas

— 3 nights

Pacific Pearl

A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
Change things up with these side-trips from Puntarenas: Tarcoles (Tarcoles Bridge & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Carara National Park (in Carara). There's still lots to do: stroll through Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa, head outdoors with Superman De Osa, and hike along Sky Mountain Canopy.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Puntarenas tour itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Puntarenas in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puntarenas

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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 4th (Wed): stroll around Parque Nahomi and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip app.

Getting from Puntarenas to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
On the 5th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip builder tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Monteverde, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 82°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get outside with El Salto and then relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Nature

Liberia

— 1 night

White City

Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, and then view the masterpieces at Costa Rica'n Art Craft. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Liberia online tour planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.