13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Tallinn
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  25​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Monteverde
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Tallinn

2
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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning website .

Tallinn, Estonia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tallinn to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Nature, #Parks, #Tours

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)

3
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 21st (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On your second day here, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by Meli Melo Boutique, and then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In March in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Meli Melo Boutique
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Fri), take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Espana.

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

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

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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3
nights
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 25th (Sun): stroll through Playa Conchal, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana, and then get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planner .

You can fly from San Jose to Tamarindo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. While traveling from San Jose, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tamarindo, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

1
night
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 27th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Monteverde day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Tours
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Zipline
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

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