13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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San Jose
Drive
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Vara Blanca
Drive
3
Poas Volcano National Park
Drive
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive
5
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
6
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
8
San Pedro de Poas
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Barranca
— 2 nights
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San Jose

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.
To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary tool.

Miami, USA to San Jose is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Miami to San Jose. In March, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 65°F. On the 16th (Mon), you're off to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 17:

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.
You've now added La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Vara Blanca trip planning website.

You can drive from San Jose to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 17:

Poas Volcano National Park

A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park trip planner.

Poas Volcano National Park is just a short distance from Vara Blanca. On the 16th (Mon), you're off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 17:

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 1 night
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 as well as Arenal Rafting. On the 17th (Tue), relax and float downstream with Arenal Rafting, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, then get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and finally browse the exhibits of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 17:

Monteverde

— 1 night
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 list of things to see and do now includes Forest Alive, Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, Don Juan Tours, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then join in the after-dark buzz at Forest Alive.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Tours · Wildlife · Adventure · Outdoors
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 18:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tico Surf Lessons as well as Jaco Beach. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): learn from the experts at Tico Surf Lessons, stroll through Jaco Beach, and then get great views at Mirador de Jaco.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Jaco trip maker website.

Drive from Monteverde to Jaco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:

San Jose

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get some fabulous bargains at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias.

Plan trip to San Jose with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Jaco to San Jose takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to San Pedro de Poas.

Things to do in San Jose

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 21:

San Pedro de Poas

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi ) and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Pedro de Poas.

Start your trip to San Pedro de Poas by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from San Jose to San Pedro de Poas in an hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui.

Things to do in San Pedro de Poas

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:

Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Frogs Heaven. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Tirimbina Biological Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, and then relax in the rural setting at Finca Corsicana Pineapple Farm.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui trip app.

Drive from San Pedro de Poas to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Barranca.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

Barranca

— 2 nights
On the 26th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra de Fuego and then kick back and relax at Playa Dona Ana.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Barranca itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui to Barranca takes 3.5 hours. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Barranca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

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.