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
1
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h
End: Quebec City

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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio driving holiday app .

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. Traveling from Quebec City to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Quebec City in May, things will get much warmer in Manuel Antonio: highs are around 32°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours
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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: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, and explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stop by Souvenir Rosewood. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

1
night
Vara Blanca

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Zoo Ave and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Vara Blanca in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Parks, #Nature, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Zoo Ave
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Zoo Ave ©
Zoo Ave

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