13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
4
Uvita
— 1 night
5
Playa Samara
— 2 nights

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Arenal Wilberth Stables. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bogarin Trail and Spas. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and trek along Senderos Los Tucanes.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip site.

Seattle, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Trails
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Arenal Wilberth Stables ©
Arenal Wilberth Stables

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
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 2nd (Thu), look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Escondido Preserve. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Sat), view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, thenrelax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio travel route planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Adventure Spas Outdoors

Side Trip

The Captain's Booty
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Spas
The Captain's Booty ©
The Captain's Booty

1
night
Uvita

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas, thenbrowse the exhibits of Magic Ananda, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita tour itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Uvita

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Ventanas
Highlights from your plan
Spas & Wellness
Magic Ananda ©
Magic Ananda

2
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
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.
On the 6th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Buena Vista.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Playa Samara visit site.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Uvita to Playa Samara in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 7th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Buena Vista ©
Playa Buena Vista
Fishing Charters & Tours
Belen Waterfall ©
Belen Waterfall

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