13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

San Jose
Drive:  4​h
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Tres Equis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Ojochal
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
San Jose

2
days
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens as well as Playa Chiquita. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Chiquita and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip builder app .

San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from San Jose in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 30°C in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. On the 3rd (Tue), you're off toTres Equis.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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1
day
Tres Equis

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tres Equis online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tres Equis in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Tres Equis when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in July, with lows around 23°C. On the 4th (Wed), you'll travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tres Equis

#Adventure, #Outdoors, #Tours

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River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) as well as Tabacon Hot Springs. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour planner .

You can drive from Tres Equis to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. You'll set off for Monteverde on the 5th (Thu).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

1
day
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monteverde Extremo Park. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): whizz through the canopy at Monteverde Extremo Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Monteverde route builder .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. On the 6th (Fri), you're off toTamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Adventure, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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Monteverde Extremo Park ©
Monteverde Extremo Park

2
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You've now added Rincon de la Vieja Mountain Lodge Canopy Tour to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stroll through Playa Conchal. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on Rincon de la Vieja Mountain Lodge Canopy Tour.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. You will leave for Santa Teresa on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

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Playa Conchal, Rincon de la Vieja Mountain Lodge Canopy Tour
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

2
days
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, read Santa Teresa online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 10th (Tue), you'll travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Montezuma Falls
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

1
day
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.
You've now added Playa Manuel Antonio to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

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Traveling by ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. You'll set off for Ojochal on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

2
days
Ojochal

Ojochal ©
On the 11th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Uvita Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ojochal sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Ojochal in 1.5 hours. You'll set off for home on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Ojochal

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Uvita
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

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