12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Playa Flamingo
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Playa Flamingo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Shuttle to San Jose, Fly to Dubrovnik

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Playa Flamingo

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Playa Flamingo online day trip planner.

Dubrovnik, Croatia to Playa Flamingo is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Dubrovnik to Playa Flamingo. In December, Playa Flamingo is much warmer than Dubrovnik - with highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Playa Samara

A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 30th (Sat), kick back and relax at Samara Beach. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Guiones.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip planner.

You can drive from Playa Flamingo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. December in Playa Samara sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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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 1st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa and then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa online visit planner.

Getting from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Rio Celeste in Tenorio Volcano National Park (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning site.

Traveling by shuttle from Santa Teresa to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.