12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Shuttle to Liberia, Fly to Toronto

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Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Step out of the city life by going to Playa Avellana and Playa Conchal. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas & Wellness and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. When in Tamarindo, make a side trip to see Scuba & Snorkeling in Playas del Coco, approximately Playas del Coco away. There's more to do: stop by Diamante Boutique.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo road trip website.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 3 nights
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa and then take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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 14th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle and then take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde day trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Monteverde in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paradise Hot Springs and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. Take a break from the city and head to Rio Chollin and Rio Celeste. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, head outdoors with El Salto, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online travel route builder.

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.