13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  12​h
1
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
ferry:  4​h
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Playa Conchal
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Dallas

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): stop by Tica Surf Bikinis and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Teresa online road trip planner .

Dallas, USA to Santa Teresa is an approximately 12-hour flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stroll through Playa Biesanz and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner .

You can ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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), skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planning tool .

You can 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 up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car 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
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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.
On the 22nd (Tue), 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 next day: look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde travel planning tool .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Playa Conchal.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
nights
Playa Conchal

Playa Conchal ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Playa Conchal trip planner .

Drive from Monteverde to Playa Conchal in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May, daytime highs in Playa Conchal are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Tamarindo Beach, Playa Avellana
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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