12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Playa Samara
— 1 night
2
Uvita
— 1 night
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
4
San Jose
— 2 nights
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights

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night
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, thentake in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery, thenstroll through Playa Buena Vista, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): get outside with Water Dreams Costa Rica and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip maker tool.

Calgary, Canada to Playa Samara is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Calgary to Playa Samara, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Horseback Riding Tours
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

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night
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.
On the 7th (Sat), stroll through Oro Verde Biological Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.

To find ratings and more tourist information, use the Uvita trip app.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Playa Samara to Uvita in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Espadilla Norte, thenget a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Discover how to plan a Manuel Antonio trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Spas

Side Trip

Playa Espadilla Norte
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Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Spas
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
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.
Costa Rica Tour has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the engaging exhibits at Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle and then see the top attractions with Costa Rica Tour. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, thentake an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, thenexamine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Tours Childrens Museums
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Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle ©
Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Onirica Art Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as Paradise Hot Springs and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately El Castillo away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and stroll around Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens.

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Drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
River Rafting & Tubing

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