12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
2
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
5
Jaco
— 1 night
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights

1
night
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, and then stop by Lis Umana Beachwear.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco attractions planner.

Toronto, Canada to Playas del Coco is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Playas del Coco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Lis Umana Beachwear ©
Lis Umana Beachwear

1
night
Santa Teresa

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 11th (Mon): stroll through Wild Sun Rescue Center, get interesting insight from Tours, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Santa Teresa vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Santa Teresa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Wild Sun Rescue Center
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Wild Sun Rescue Center ©
Wild Sun Rescue Center

2
nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
On the 12th (Tue), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and then stroll through Uvita Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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 14th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

The Captain's Booty
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River Rafting & Tubing
Walking tours
The Captain's Booty ©
The Captain's Booty

1
night
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see Off-Road Tours, and then browse the exhibits of Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Jaco trip maker site.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Off-Road Tours
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, thenwalk around Bogarin Trail, and then pick up some new knowledge with ChocoMuseo La Fortuna. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip app.

You can drive from Jaco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 18th (Mon), stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): stroll through Nature Observatorio and then stroll through Punta Uva Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip builder tool.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Nature Observatorio
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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