13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Austin
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  10​h 30​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Drake Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  10​h
End: Austin

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 12th (Thu): stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, then identify plant and animal life at Parque Reptilandia, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): take a peaceful walk through Naturalist Michael Araya Flores.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip website .

Austin, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Austin in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Manuel Antonio, with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Dominical, Naturalist Michael Araya Flores
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Parque Reptilandia ©
Parque Reptilandia
Spas & Wellness

3
nights
Drake Bay

On the 14th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then head outdoors with The Platform, and then savor the flavors at Minisuper Drake.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Drake Bay trip planner .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 16th (Mon), you'll travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Drake Bay

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

Puerto Jimenez
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): hike along Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens, then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary app .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Drake Bay to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve and then take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Ecological Sanctuary, then look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Escondido Preserve, and then take in the exciting artwork at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve

2
nights
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 21st (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Hidden Garden Art Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at El Viejo Wetlands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ocotal and then get outside with Crazy Alex CR.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Monteverde to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In April in Playas del Coco, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 73°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Playa Ocotal, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Hidden Garden Art Gallery
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Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery

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