12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Winnipeg, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

1
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Tortuguero

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 13th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero vacation maker site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then stroll through Curi Cancha Reserve, and finally meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

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

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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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 18th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.