13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: St. John's
+4
Bus + Foot + Fly + Bus + Taxi:  16 h
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h
3
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
+5
Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle + Fly + Foot + Bus:  18 h 45 min
End: St. John's

1
night
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 11th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, take in the exciting artwork at Art House, then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip maker site.

St. John's, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from St. John's to Monteverde. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

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 13th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then explore the galleries of The Captain's Booty.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio tour builder app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

The Captain's Booty
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
The Captain's Booty ©
The Captain's Booty

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santiago Apostol Parish Ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose visit planner.

Traveling by bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Turrialba.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Cartago
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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 ©
On the 16th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Guayabo National Monument.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Turrialba online tour planner.

Drive from San Jose to Turrialba in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Turrialba can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Turrialba

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Guayabo National Monument ©
Guayabo National Monument

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 17th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero trip planner.

You can drive from Turrialba to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Turrialba in October, with highs in Tortuguero at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

4
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.
Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and Catedral de Ciudad Quesada will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Onirica Art Gallery and Wood & Art Gallery capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and hike along Senderos Los Tucanes.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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