13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Make it your trip
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Jaco
— 3 nights
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive
5
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and Meli Melo Boutique. Spend the 1st (Mon) on the water with a fishing tour. There's more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and see MidWorld Costa Rica.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planning tool.

San Jose to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

Jaco

— 3 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then look for gifts at Dantica Gallery. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge, then admire the natural beauty at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find out how to plan a trip to Jaco, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa online trip maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Playa Samara

— 1 night
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Guiones. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

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Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Tamarindo

— 4 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas & Wellness and Lydia Beech Art Boutique. Explore Tamarindo's surroundings by going to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours (in Playa Flamingo), Playas del Coco (Lis Umana Beachwear & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo online visit planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

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.