13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Quebec City
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  11​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Quebec City

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker tool .

Quebec City, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 12-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Quebec City to Manuel Antonio due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Quebec City in May, with highs in Manuel Antonio at 32°C and lows at 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

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Zipline
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ecocentro Danaus and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)

3
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 22nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Monteverde route planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Zipline

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas & Wellness and Fishing Charters & Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours in Playa Flamingo (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner .

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In May in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates

2
nights
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco planner .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Playas del Coco, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Mon).

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving

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