12 days in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara & Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Los Angeles, United States
— 4 nights
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Santa Barbara, United States
— 3 nights
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Drive to Los Angeles International Airport, Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles, United States

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Head to Third Street Promenade and Hollywood & Highlandfor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Santa Monica Pier and Griffith Observatory. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip builder.

Washington DC to Los Angeles is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. You will leave for Santa Barbara on the 1st (Fri).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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Santa Barbara, United States

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Santa Barbara Zoo has been added to your itinerary. It doesn't end there: stroll through Carpinteria State Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, things will get little chillier in Santa Barbara: highs are around 72°F and lows about 56°F. On the 4th (Mon), you're off to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Vara Blanca, Costa Rica

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): join in the after-dark buzz at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Vara Blanca route builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Santa Barbara to Vara Blanca. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Nightlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Canopy Safari, Costa Rica Jade Tours, Playa Manuel Antonio, and other attractions. Here are some ideas for day two: deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Johan Chaves - Nature and birding Tours and then let the river carry you with Canopy Safari.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

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.