13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Playa del Carmen
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  11​h
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  5​h 30​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + bus + Fly + bus:  9​h 45​min
Playa del Carmen

2
days
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 28th (Wed): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle and then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip maker website .

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Playa del Carmen to Monteverde. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

1
day
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 2nd (Fri), meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Playas del Coco online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Playas del Coco can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

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Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving

1
day
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): push the limits with an extreme tour and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip tool .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas & Wellness

2
days
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Uvita online sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Tamarindo to Uvita in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

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Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

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.
On the 7th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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