13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Rome
Fly + bus + shuttle:  19​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Liberia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playa Flamingo
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Rome

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, and then meet the residents at Arenal Eco Zoo. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning site .

Rome, Italy to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

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El Castillo
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio vacation builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte

1
day
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.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online travel planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Liberia.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

2
days
Liberia

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at El Viejo Wetlands and then stroll through Playa Hermosa. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall and then get outside with Crazy Alex CR.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Liberia route planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Liberia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. July in Liberia sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Liberia

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Crazy Alex CR, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

2
days
Playa Flamingo

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then paddle through the water with Costa Rica Sailing Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Barra Honda National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Flamingo online visit planner .

Drive from Liberia to Playa Flamingo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Playa Flamingo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Barra Honda National Park, Costa Rica Sailing Center
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Costa Rica Sailing Center ©
Costa Rica Sailing Center

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