13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Ferry
5
Santa Teresa
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly

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Monteverde

— 1 night
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 29th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, and finally view the masterpieces at Art House. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip builder site.

Toronto, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

San Jose

— 3 nights
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.
On the 4th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and finally revel in the low prices at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and finally hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Jose vacation planner.

Take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, then stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and then see MidWorld Costa Rica.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Manuel Antonio fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

Santa Teresa

A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, stop by Diamante Boutique, then stroll through Tamarindo Beach, and finally stop by Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo travel planning tool.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.