13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 45​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Turrialba
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: London

2
nights
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.
Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner .

London, UK to San Jose is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. Traveling from London in November, expect San Jose to be warmer, temps between 30°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Shopping

Side Trip

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

2
nights
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
On the 4th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Guayabo National Park and Monument.

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You can drive from San Jose to Turrialba in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in November, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Turrialba

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Guayabo National Park and Monument ©

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.
On the 5th (Mon), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. On your second day here, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

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Traveling by car from Turrialba to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

4
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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

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)

1
night
Tamarindo

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 11th (Sun): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, then look for gifts at Diamante Boutique, and then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Avellana and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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