13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Munich
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Bus + Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Munich

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.
Appreciate the collections at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Museo de Arte Costarricense. Popular historic sites such as Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana) are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Iglesia de San Pedro de Poas (in San Pedro de Poas), Metal Church (in Grecia) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and explore the galleries of Galeria Namu.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Jose road trip app.

Munich, Germany to San Jose is an approximately 17- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. In December, San Jose is much warmer than Munich - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Turrialba.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Iglesia de San Pedro de Poas, Metal Church, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles ©

1
night
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Guayabo National Monument.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Turrialba trip itinerary website.

Drive from San Jose to Turrialba in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Turrialba can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Turrialba

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Guayabo National Monument ©
Guayabo National Monument

2
nights
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 17th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, stroll through Playa Biesanz, and then stop by The Captain's Booty. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stop by Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Turrialba to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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 19th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, then browse the exhibits of Art House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery. On the next day, stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde journey planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Monteverde can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wood & Art Gallery and Galeria Estudio. Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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