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 Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 1 day
Bus to Malpais, Ferry to Jaco
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and then look for gifts at Diamante Boutique.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo itinerary planning app.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Tamarindo is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Playa Samara

— 3 nights
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 25th (Sat): stroll through Playa Guiones and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Playa Samara trip builder tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Teresa

— 1 day
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.
On the 27th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa online visit planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Jaco

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): kick back and relax at Jaco Beach, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Jaco day trip planning tool.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

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 1st (Wed): stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. On your second day here, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then identify plant and animal life at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

Plan my day in La Fortuna de San Carlos using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 5th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Trails

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.