12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Liberia, Bus to Nicoya
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Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive
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Uvita
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Fly

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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.
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, then take in the exciting artwork at Koss Art Gallery, then stroll 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): enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara trip maker site.

Calgary, Canada to Playa Samara is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. Traveling from Calgary to Playa Samara, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Uvita

— 1 night
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.

Drive from Playa Samara to Uvita in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors
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Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or 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 · Spas · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

San Jose

— 2 nights
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, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then examine 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 shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Childrens Museums · Shopping

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Galeria Estudio. Explore hidden gems such as Paradise Hot Springs and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. 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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.