13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Punta Arenas
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
Liberia
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Ottawa

1
night
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 12th (Sat), look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio sightseeing app .

Ottawa, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Ottawa in January; daily highs in Manuel Antonio reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

1
night
Jaco

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco day trip website .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to San Jose.

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Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana).

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to San Jose takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in San Jose sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Punta Arenas.

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River Rafting & Tubing
Chieton Moren ©
Chieton Moren

1
night
Punta Arenas

A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
Before you visit Punta Arenas, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Punta Arenas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

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Zipline
Catedral de Puntarenas ©
Catedral de Puntarenas

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.
On the 17th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Punta Arenas to Monteverde by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

1
night
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.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. On the 19th (Sat), you're off toTamarindo.

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2
nights
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 19th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

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Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Scuba & Snorkeling
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
nights
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.
On the 21st (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Nacascolo and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Llanos de Cortez Waterfall and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Liberia day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Tamarindo to Liberia in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Liberia can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Liberia

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Side Trips

Playa Nacascolo, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Playa Hermosa, Shark Diving
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Shark Diving

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