13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Quebec City
Fly:  14​h 15​min
Paquera
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Drake Bay
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 45​min
Quebec City

1
day
Paquera

Paquera ©
On the 17th (Thu), head off the coast to Tortuga Island.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Paquera road trip site .

Quebec City, Canada to Paquera is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Quebec City to Paquera. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Monteverde.

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Tortuga Island ©
Tortuga Island

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and finally look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip planning website .

You can drive from Paquera to Monteverde in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

4
days
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 Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

2
days
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.
On the 23rd (Wed), stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then stroll through Playa Biesanz.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Drake Bay.

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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness

1
day
Drake Bay

Drake Bay
On the 26th (Sat), head outdoors with The Platform.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Drake Bay trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Jose.

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1
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San Jose

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.
On the 27th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then stop by Chieton Moren, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque La Sabana.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read San Jose travel route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Drake Bay to San Jose in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

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Parque La Sabana ©
Parque La Sabana
Chieton Moren ©
Chieton Moren

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