12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport

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Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas & Wellness and Pura Aventura. Visit Playa Avellana and Playa Conchal for some beach relaxation. There's more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf and stop by Diamante Boutique.

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Kalamazoo, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and Super Joseth. Spend the 20th (Mon) on the water with a fishing tour. There's more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Teresa

— 1 night
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 21st (Tue), stroll through Playa Hermosa and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip itinerary website.

Ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Playa Samara

— 2 nights
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 23rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary and then kick back and relax at Playa Guiones.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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.