12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  11 h 15 min
1
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Dominical
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Drake Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  9 h 30 min
4
Playa Flamingo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Newark

3
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Explore hidden gems such as Venado Caves and The Bat Jungle. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas).

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip maker site.

Newark, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 10.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Monteverde. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Dominical.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Venado Caves
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves
Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) ©

2
nights
Dominical

Dominical ©
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Dominical attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Dominical takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Dominical

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Uvita
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

2
nights
Drake Bay

On the 14th (Fri), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Drake Bay tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Dominical to Drake Bay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Playa Flamingo

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and Fishing Charters & Tours. It doesn't end there: find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Playa Flamingo online trip maker.

You can drive from Drake Bay to Playa Flamingo in 9.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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