13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Uvita
— 1 night
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Taxi to Tamarindo, Fly to Seattle

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nights
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 Paradise Hot Springs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bogarin Trail and Arenal Wilberth Stables. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, 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 combination of flight and shuttle. 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 · Outdoors

2
nights
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 bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

1
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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, then relax 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: 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

Spas · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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, then browse 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; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Uvita

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

2
nights
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 drive from Uvita to Playa Samara in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. On the 7th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.