13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica visit planner
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Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
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Vara Blanca — 2 nights

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Get out of town with these interesting Vara Blanca side-trips: Parque Central De Grecia (in Grecia), La Virgen (Tirimbina Biological Reserve & Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Vara Blanca day trip planning app.

Rome, Italy to Vara Blanca is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Rome to Vara Blanca, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos — 4 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary app.

Getting from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monteverde.
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Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trip

Monteverde — 2 nights

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 31st (Sat): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally stop by Foresta.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Monteverde online tour planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.
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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 2nd (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Jaco travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Side Trip

Manuel Antonio — 1 night

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 (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio attractions planner.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure
Side Trip

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.
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