12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
2
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
5
Uvita
— 2 nights
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights

1
night
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo road trip planning app.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Shark Diving
Off-Road Tours

1
night
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 21st (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Playa Hermosa, and then take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): stroll around Bogarin Trail, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, thenget the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Walking tours

2
nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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 28th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, thenget a taste of the local shopping with La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey planning app.

Drive from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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