13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central America travel route planner
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San Jose
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Drive to Limon International Airport, Fly to Zagreb


San Jose — 3 nights

A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu, and finally capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Jose day trip planning tool.

Zagreb, Croatia to San Jose is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zagreb to San Jose is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Zagreb in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Jose, with lows around 22°C. On the 13th (Thu), you're off to Monteverde.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices, and finally do sightseeing your way with Top Travel Costa Rica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then catch some excitement at El Trapiche Tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde itinerary planning tool.

Drive from San Jose to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature
Side Trip
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To plan La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Manuel Antonio — 2 nights

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 17th (Mon), stroll through Isla Damas, see Off-Road Tours, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio road trip site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carate.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips
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Carate — 1 night

Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Ave Azul de la Osa.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Carate trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Carate in 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Parks
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Highlights from your trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.

Corcovado National Park travel guide

National Parks · State Parks