13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Tallinn
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  25​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
ferry:  4​h
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playa Hermosa
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
Tallinn

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Venado Caves. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, hike along Ecocentro Danaus, and admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel route planner .

Tallinn, Estonia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tallinn to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for the ferry ride to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
days
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Playa Santa Teresa and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santa Teresa travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa by ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

2
days
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 25th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, then stroll through Tamarindo Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: push the limits with an extreme tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Playa Conchal
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

1
day
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then kick back and relax at Playa Ocotal.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Hermosa route planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Hermosa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Playa Hermosa, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Adventure

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Shark Diving, Playa Ocotal
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal
Shark Diving

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