13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Jose
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  3​h 30​min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
6
Tamarindo
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h
End: Montreal

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 7th (Thu), stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker .

Montreal, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Montreal in June, expect Manuel Antonio to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

3
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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and get a taste of the local shopping with Wood & Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online driving holiday planner .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) 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 ©
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 13th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde road trip planning app .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally look for gifts at Holalola Souvenir Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and finally don't miss a visit to Central Park (Parque Central).

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 17th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero day trip app .

You can take a shuttle from San Jose to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. June in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Nature, #Wildlife, #Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): stop by Azul Profundo Boutique and then take in the exciting artwork at Con Mucho Gusto.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo travel route site .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tortuguero to Tamarindo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Tortuguero in June, expect Tamarindo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 27°C. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Azul Profundo Boutique ©
Azul Profundo Boutique
Con Mucho Gusto ©
Con Mucho Gusto

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