12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 2 nights

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Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

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Sandys Parish, Bermuda to Vara Blanca is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

2
nights
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planning tool.

Drive from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
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Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park, and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero online trip maker.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Adventure
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

3
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and learn something new at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Highlights from your plan
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and then explore the galleries of Alas y Raices.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Monteverde holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Alas y Raices ©
Alas y Raices

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