13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

You are viewing a shared plan.  Customize plan

Route & dates

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Toronto
Fly:  9​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
Toronto

2
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 11th (Sun), stop by Lydia Beech Art. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo journey tool .

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Toronto to Tamarindo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, Tamarindo is warmer than Toronto - with highs of 40°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
Accommodations
Get expert advice on where to stay in Tamarindo.
Find places to stay »
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

4
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Accommodations
Get expert advice on where to stay in La Fortuna de San Carlos.
Find places to stay »
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Visiting MidWorld Costa Rica and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio tour builder .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. March in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
Accommodations
Get expert advice on where to stay in Manuel Antonio.
Find places to stay »
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

1
day
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the ancient world of Guayabo National Park and Monument.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Turrialba trip planner .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Turrialba takes 4.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Turrialba are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Turrialba

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature
Accommodations
Get expert advice on where to stay in Turrialba.
Find places to stay »
Highlights from your plan
Guayabo National Park and Monument ©
Guayabo National Park and Monument

1
day
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 22nd (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Jose road trip planning tool .

You can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Shopping

Side Trip

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
Accommodations
Get expert advice on where to stay in San Jose.
Find places to stay »
Highlights from your plan
Precolumbian Gold Museum ©
Precolumbian Gold Museum
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

Similar Plans

15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SERBIA February, shopping, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SERBIA February, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SERBIA February, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SERBIA February, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: February, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SERBIA February, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 17 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL April, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CHILE May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, teens, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CHILE June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CHILE May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, outdoors, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans