12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Drive to Owen Roberts International Airport, Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Shuttle to San Jose, Fly to Grand Cayman

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Vara Blanca

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 9th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca trip planning tool.

Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Islands to Vara Blanca is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seven Mile Beach to Vara Blanca is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip planner.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and kick your exploration up a notch at MidWorld Costa Rica.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online travel route planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Monteverde

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip maker tool.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Adventure · Tours

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, push the limits with an extreme tour, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning app.

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.