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
Fly
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
On the 3rd (Mon), kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, and then browse the exhibits of Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

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Jerusalem, Israel to Tamarindo is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Jerusalem to Tamarindo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

San Jose

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central).

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Jose trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Tamarindo to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April in San Jose, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Super Joseth, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and then admire all the interesting features of Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
On the 7th (Fri), stroll through Curi Cancha Reserve and then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and look for gifts at Souvenir Leo.

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Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will leave for home on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.