12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

Make it your trip
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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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Quepos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, and take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip maker.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Amsterdam to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero visit planning app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Quepos

— 2 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): stroll around Parque Nahomi, then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, and then see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Quepos online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Quepos in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): push the limits with an extreme tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then stop by Fruity Monkey Poop. Keep things going the next day: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Jaco trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Quepos to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Monteverde

— 3 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.
On the 29th (Thu), look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planner.

You can drive from Jaco to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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.