12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Tenorio Volcano National Park
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Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly

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Tenorio Volcano National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Celeste.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Tenorio Volcano National Park trip planning tool.

Montreal, Canada to Tenorio Volcano National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Montreal to Tenorio Volcano National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Montreal in December; daily highs in Tenorio Volcano National Park reach 32°C and lows reach 32°C. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Tenorio Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 2 nights

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 30th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero online trip itinerary builder.

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. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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 1st (Sat): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle. On the next day, stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde vacation builder app.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Monteverde in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Tamarindo

— 1 night
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 3rd (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo route planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.