13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Rochester
Fly:  12​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + bus:  1​h 15​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 15​min
Rochester

2
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Learn Improve Surf Company has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, see Learn Improve Surf Company, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo day trip tool .

Rochester, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Rochester in December: high temperatures in Tamarindo hover around 90°F and lows are around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Costa Rica Sailing Center
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Learn Improve Surf Company ©
Learn Improve Surf Company
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Arte Jaguar Gallery and Catedral de Ciudad Quesada. Explore hidden gems such as Paradise Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel route planner .

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Arte Jaguar Gallery, Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and Playa Espadilla Norte. Relax by the water at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. There's lots more to do: hike along Mulguri Adventure, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Selvita, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and take a peaceful walk through Kids Saving the Rain Forest.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in December, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte

1
day
San Jose

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 1st (Tue): take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, then sample the tasty concoctions at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co., and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Jose trip site .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in San Jose are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Wildlife, #Breweries, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Cathedral, Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Cathedral ©
Cathedral

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