13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

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.
Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde online road trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Toronto to Monteverde, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda Baru, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach.

Before you visit Uvita, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of shuttle and bus from Monteverde to Uvita in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

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

2
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.
On the 8th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. On your second day here, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio road trip tool .

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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 Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Ecocentro Danaus, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

Plan my La Fortuna de San Carlos trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then stroll through Playa Hermosa.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Playas del Coco online tour itinerary builder .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Playas del Coco can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

1
night
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 14th (Mon): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo road trip website .

Getting from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Spas

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas & Wellness
Kingpin Sportfishing ©
Kingpin Sportfishing

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