12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
5
Tamarindo
— 3 nights

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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 Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. The adventure continues: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

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 flight. 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

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero online road trip planner.

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. April in Tortuguero sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
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 shuttle 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 Beaches

Side Trip

Spas
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through 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, thenwhizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, thenstroll 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 do a combination of bus and shuttle; or 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 Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

3
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 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 take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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