12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dominical
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rincon de La Vieja
— 1 night
Drive
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Liberia
— 1 day
Fly

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Rio Chollin as well as Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall and then take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin.

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Montreal, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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 27th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

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You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dominical.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Dominical

— 4 nights
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Manuel Antonio National Park, Pineapple Tours, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena, and other attractions. Change things up with a short trip to Playa Manuel Antonio in Manuel Antonio (about 58 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Drive from Monteverde to Dominical in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll set off for Rincon de La Vieja on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Dominical

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Rincon de La Vieja

— 1 night
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Traveling by flight from Dominical to Rincon de La Vieja takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Liberia.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Liberia

— 1 day

White City

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Costa Rica Unique Transfers and Tours. On the 3rd (Mon), take a tour by water with Costa Rica Unique Transfers and Tours.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Liberia trip maker website.

You can drive from Rincon de La Vieja to Liberia in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.