13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Denver
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  11​h
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Poas Volcano National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
+3
shuttle + Fly + foot + train:  12​h
End: Denver

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planner.

Denver, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Denver in May, with highs in Tamarindo at 93°F and lows at 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Bolas Locas Mini Golf ©
Bolas Locas Mini Golf

few
hours
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tamarindo in May, expect Poas Volcano National Park to be little chillier, temps between 84°F and 66°F. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Nature, #Parks
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

3
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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, nightlife, nature, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, and delve into the lush surroundings at Kids Saving the Rain Forest.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. May in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Kids Saving the Rain Forest
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

5
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, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and explore the activities along Lake Arenal.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Monteverde holiday planning app .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Zipline
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

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