13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9​h
1
Alajuela
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
4
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Montezuma
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Alajuela
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: Toronto

1
night
Alajuela

Alajuela ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then look for all kinds of wild species at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Alajuela trip maker app .

Toronto, Canada to Alajuela is an approximately 9-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Alajuela, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Toronto in March, with highs in Alajuela at 34°C and lows at 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Alajuela

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

La Paz Waterfall Gardens, River Rafting & Tubing, Poas Volcano
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Horseback Riding Tours. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): trot along with a tour on horseback, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Alajuela to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Tours Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dolphin & Whale Watching. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Diamante Boutique, then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, then admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

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You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In March, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Montezuma.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

2
nights
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Explore Montezuma's surroundings by going to Tortuga Island (in Punta Arenas), Tortuga Island (in Paquera) and Santa Teresa (Playa Carmen, Tica Surf Bikinis, & more). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Montezuma trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Montezuma takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Alajuela.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Teresa, Tortuga Island
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Tortuga Island ©
Tortuga Island

1
night
Alajuela

Alajuela ©
On the 6th (Fri), get in on the family fun at Pueblo Antiguo, take an in-depth tour of Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Alajuela day trip site .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Montezuma to Alajuela in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Alajuela

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Pueblo Antiguo
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Pueblo Antiguo ©
Pueblo Antiguo

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