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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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Quepos
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Shuttle to Playa Panamá, Fly to Porto

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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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, relax and rejuvenate at Monteverde Massage Center, and experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

Porto, Portugal to Monteverde is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Jaco

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): see Off-Road Tours and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: push the limits with an extreme tour and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Jaco holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Jaco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Quepos

— 1 night
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Quepos trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Jaco to Quepos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

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 26th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero online trip maker.

You can drive from Quepos to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.