13 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips Costa Rica sightseeing planner
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Fly
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San Jose
— 1 night
Shuttle
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
5
San Jose
— 1 night
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San Jose — 1 night

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.
To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose online trip itinerary maker.

Dallas, USA to San Jose is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Dallas in January; daily highs in San Jose reach 78°F and lows reach 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sat) before leaving for La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 3 nights

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 in touch with nature at La Fortuna Waterfall and Bogarin Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip website.

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 3 nights

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 4 nights

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to San Jose.
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San Jose — 1 night

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose road trip planning app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.
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Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

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Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.
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