13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Jerusalem
Fly:  22​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly + train + bus:  21​h 30​min
Jerusalem

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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Baldi Hot Springs. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Catedral de Ciudad Quesada in Quesada--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planning tool .

Jerusalem, Israel to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Jerusalem to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Nature, #Parks, #Spas

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Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
days
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 22nd (Thu): stop by Hummingbird Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, and then take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde vacation planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stop by Meli Melo Boutique and then see MidWorld Costa Rica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio.

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You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

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Meli Melo Boutique
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

1
day
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
On the 26th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Guayabo National Park and Monument.

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Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Turrialba takes 4.5 hours. In March in Turrialba, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Turrialba

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

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), then stop by Chieton Moren, and then wander the streets of Multiplaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Drive from Turrialba to San Jose in 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in San Jose are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Multiplaza, Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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