13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
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5
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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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Proyecto Asis will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get interesting insight from Tours, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online route maker.

Lisbon, Portugal to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa Biesanz and MidWorld Costa Rica. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 15th (Sat), you're off to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Beaches

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa road trip site.

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 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

1
night
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 17th (Mon), deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Sol Eco Adventures and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, then browse the exhibits of Con Mucho Gusto, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo journey app.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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.