12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose
— 1 night
2
Quepos
— 2 nights
3
Jaco
— 2 nights
4
Montezuma
— 2 nights
5
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
6
Liberia
— Few hours

1
night
San Jose

San Jose
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary builder app.

Vancouver, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to San Jose is 2 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in March, things will get much hotter in San Jose: highs are around °C and lows about °C. On the 5th (Thu), you'll travel to Quepos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

2
nights
Quepos

Quepos
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Quepos visit planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Quepos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Jaco on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

2
nights
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.
On the 7th (Sat), explore the galleries of Zukia Art Gallery and then stop by Fruity Monkey Poop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours, thenget a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then snap pictures at Tarcoles Bridge.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco vacation planner.

You can drive from Quepos to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Montezuma.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Tarcoles
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Sun Rescue Center. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Montezuma attractions planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Jaco to Montezuma in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Montezuma

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Santa Teresa, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve ©
Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve

3
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Off-Road Tours. There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo travel planner.

You can drive from Montezuma to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fishing Charters & Tours
Off-Road Tours

few
hours
Liberia

Liberia
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Liberia itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Liberia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 14th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Liberia

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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