13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Windsor
Fly + Drive:  14 h 30 min
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1 h
2
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13 h
End: Windsor

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 6th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip maker tool .

Windsor, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Windsor to Monteverde, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a shuttle to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

2
nights
Jaco

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 8th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jaco Beach, and then take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Zukia Art Gallery, then see Off-Road Tours, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and finally make a trip to Mirador de Jaco.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Jaco online itinerary planner .

Take a shuttle from Monteverde to Jaco in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

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Side Trip

Tarcoles Bridge
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Off-Road Tours
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll around Parque Nahomi, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip site .

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Tortuguero vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In March in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

To find where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park road trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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