13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 1 day
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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San Jose

— 1 night
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 23rd (Sat), examine the collection at INBioparque.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Jose tour itinerary planning site.

Idaho Falls, USA to San Jose is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Idaho Falls to San Jose is 1 hour. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Idaho Falls in December: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 79°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 25th (Mon), stop by Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center and then explore the galleries of Sarah's Gallery. Keep things going the next day: stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery, and finally admire all the interesting features of Ecological Sanctuary.

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

Getting from San Jose to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Monteverde, with lows of 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Kids will enjoy Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. Head to Papaya Con Leche and Azul Profundo Boutiquefor some retail therapy. Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Potrero Beach in Playa Potrero--about 38 minutes away. Spend the 29th (Fri) exploring nature at Las Baulas National Marine Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Playa Avellana.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo online road trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Jaco

— 1 day
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 30th (Sat): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Jaco trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Jaco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Museums

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kids will enjoy Mike’s Nature Tours and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Explore hidden gems such as Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio tour website.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · 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.