12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Tamarindo
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
3
Quepos
— 1 night
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
5
Tortuguero
— 1 night
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
7
San Jose
— 2 nights

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Tamarindo

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 17th (Tue): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo online trip maker.

Charlotte, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

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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.
On the 19th (Thu), look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
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Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Quepos online road trip planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Quepos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, get interesting insight from Tours, and take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Quepos to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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Canyoning / Rapelling Tour
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
4.7
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Hot Spring
Tabacon Hot Springs
4.4

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©

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.
On the 25th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip website.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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National Park
Tortuguero National Park
4.4

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll through Nature Observatorio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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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 27th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings, then learn the secrets of beer at Carpe Chepe, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense and then take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Jose journey planning app.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Nightlife · Scenic Drive

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Must see
Carpe Chepe
4.8
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Photography Tour
Photography Tours
4.9

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