12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday planner

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Playa Hermosa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
On the 19th (Sun), stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall and then get the adrenaline pumping with Sky Adventures Arenal Park. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder.

Denver, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Traveling from Denver to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa

— 2 nights
Playa Hermosa, located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, is a popular beach and beach-front resort town.People who visit Playa Hermosa can indulge in swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, sport fishing or sailing.Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Province is not to be confused with Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas Province. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the activities along Rio Celeste. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Playa Hermosa trip builder site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Hermosa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. December in Playa Hermosa sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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.
On the 23rd (Thu), kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip tool.

Drive from Playa Hermosa to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Playa Samara are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): savor a delicious cup with Diria Coffee Tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Monteverde can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
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 26th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Sur. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio attractions planning site.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Jose

— 1 night
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.
Start your trip to San Jose by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in San Jose sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. On the 29th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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.