13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Fly:  10​h
1
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h
End: Birmingham

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip app .

Birmingham, USA to Vara Blanca is an approximately 10-hour flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Vara Blanca when traveling from Birmingham in May, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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.
Visit Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to MidWorld Costa Rica and River Rafting & Tubing. There's more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and take a peaceful walk through Kids Saving the Rain Forest.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Manuel Antonio trip simple and quick.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Kids Saving the Rain Forest
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

4
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For ratings and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

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)

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 24th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

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

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife
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Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. May in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Bolas Locas Mini Golf ©
Bolas Locas Mini Golf

1
night
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Area de Conservacion Guanacaste trip app .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in May, and nighttime lows around 73°F. You will leave for home on the 27th (Sun).

Things to do in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste

Parks Outdoors Nature
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