12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday maker

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly + shuttle:  14​h 15​min
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h
End: Salt Lake City

1
night
Monteverde

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 12th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip builder website .

Salt Lake City, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Salt Lake City to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

1
night
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 14th (Tue), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio holiday planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
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 15th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero travel route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In May in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, wildlife, parks, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
On the 20th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

Similar Plans

13 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SPAIN October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SPAIN July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SPAIN July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 19 days in Costa Rica & Chicago BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM SPAIN July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM ITALY August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM CANADA December, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Costa Rica & Bocas del Toro Province BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 27 days in Costa Rica BY A USER FROM MEXICO July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans