12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly

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Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 24th (Fri), stop by Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde and then admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. Traveling from Toronto to Monteverde, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jaco

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Neo Fauna CR, then take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, and then look for gifts at Fruity Monkey Poop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): ride a horse along Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Jaco trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Monteverde to Jaco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 28th (Tue), you're off to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stop by Tica Surf Bikinis and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa. On your second day here, stroll through Playa Santa Teresa.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

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.
On the 30th (Thu), sample the tasty concoctions at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co.. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Cementerio General de San Jose, tour the pleasant surroundings at Toucan Rescue Ranch, and then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose itinerary planning website.

Drive from Santa Teresa to San Jose in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in San Jose

Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Potrero Beach and Barra Honda National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to EK Art Jewelry and Lydia Beech Art Boutique. There's more to do: look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.