12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playa Hermosa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
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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.
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall and then get the adrenaline pumping with Sky Adventures Arenal Park. On the next day, snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Denver, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to La Fortuna de San Carlos is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa

— 2 nights
Playa Hermosa, located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, is a popular beach and beach-front resort town.People who visit Playa Hermosa can indulge in swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, sport fishing or sailing.Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Province is not to be confused with Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas Province. Playa Conchal has been added to your itinerary. On the 12th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Celeste. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Playa Hermosa online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Hermosa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Playa Samara

— 1 night
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Playa Samara trip builder app.

You can drive from Playa Hermosa to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve as well as Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): indulge in your favorite hot beverage with Diria Coffee Tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip maker website.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Monteverde in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Uvita Beach, Manuel Antonio National Park and Playa Espadilla Sur. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Espadilla Sur. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip builder app.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in January, and nighttime lows around 65°F. On the 20th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.