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:  9​h 30​min
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Monteverde
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): stop by Lydia Beech Art.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Toronto in May; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 39°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Spas

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Spas & Wellness
Lydia Beech Art ©
Lydia Beech Art

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Ocotal and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Playas del Coco, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Ocotal, Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Ocotal ©
Playa Ocotal
Shark Diving

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Butterfly Conservatory and Ecocentro Danaus. Escape the urban bustle at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Paradise Hot Springs. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, and explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for La Fortuna de San Carlos using our trip planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

3
nights
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 (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rainmaker Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio tour itinerary builder app .

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 May, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Zipline, Rainmaker Park
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Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Zipline

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and then stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita visit site .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

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 14th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond, and finally identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Theme Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and shuttle from Uvita to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. You will leave for home on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

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