13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h 15​min
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Carara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
San Gerardo de Dota
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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.
On the 25th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then stop by Azul Profundo Boutique. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Cheboards and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo custom trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Tamarindo. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in March: high temperatures in Tamarindo hover around 40°C and lows are around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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 27th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at The Bat Jungle, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip generator.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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 Tabacon Hot Springs and Free Natural Hot Springs will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Paradise Hot Springs.

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

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Carara.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

1
night
Carara

Carara ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Carara trip builder.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Carara in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Things to do in Carara

#Parks, #Nature
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Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Zipline and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Step off the beaten path and head to MidWorld Costa Rica and Spas & Wellness.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio National Park vacation planner.

You can drive from Carara to Manuel Antonio National Park in 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Gerardo de Dota.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours

Side Trip

Spas & Wellness
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Spas & Wellness

few
hours
San Gerardo de Dota

San Gerardo de Dota
To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Gerardo de Dota itinerary builder.

Drive from Manuel Antonio National Park to San Gerardo de Dota in 3 hours. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in San Gerardo de Dota

#Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Savegre Reserve
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1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary maker.

Getting from San Gerardo de Dota to Poas Volcano National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Poas Volcano National Park can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You will leave for home on the 6th (Thu).

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks
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