13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Liberia
— 1 night
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
4
Montezuma
— 3 nights
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
6
San Jose
— 1 night

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1
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Liberia

Liberia

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.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Liberia trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Liberia is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in December: high temperatures in Liberia hover around 82°F and lows are around 82°F. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Liberia

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

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.
Get in touch with nature at La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, and learn something new at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online journey planner.

Getting from Liberia to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Spas · Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zipline as well as Cabure Chocolate Tour. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at Cabure Chocolate Tour.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip builder app.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Montezuma.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Zipline
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

3
nights
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Tortuga Island.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Montezuma journey builder tool.

You can take a shuttle from Monteverde to Montezuma in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Tortuga Island ©
Tortuga Island

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.
Get in touch with nature at Playa Manuel Antonio and Parasailing & Paragliding. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip builder website.

Traveling by ferry from Montezuma to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
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.
For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Jose itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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