13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Taxi:  16 h
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: London

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond. On the next day, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde online attractions planner.

London, UK to Monteverde is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura and then stroll through Playa Conchal.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo day trip tool.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Boat Tours & Water Sports

3
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, explore the galleries of Galeria Estudio, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route builder app.

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero online trip builder.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. April in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll through La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca online trip planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

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), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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