12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Liberia
Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Cahuita
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Manzanillo
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Puerto Limon
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
End: Liberia

2
nights
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 16th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Keep things going the next day: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero tour planning app .

Montreal, Canada to Tortuguero is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Montreal in October: high temperatures in Tortuguero hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cahuita.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Cahuita

Cahuita ©
With its dusty streets and simple (read affordable) lodgings, Cahuita bustles as a hub of backpacker tourism in southeastern Costa Rica.
On the 18th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, look for all kinds of wild species at Tarantulas Way, and then get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cahuita vacation maker site .

You can drive from Tortuguero to Cahuita in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manzanillo.

Things to do in Cahuita

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

1
night
Manzanillo

Manzanillo ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Manzanillo road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Cahuita to Manzanillo takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manzanillo

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge ©

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is known for beaches, shopping, spas, adventure, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at La Ceiba, view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary app .

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is just a stone's throw from Manzanillo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can take a bus to Puerto Limon.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

3
nights
Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon ©
Get some cultural insight at Explore Limon and Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Limon day trip planning website .

Take a bus from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Puerto Limon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Puerto Limon, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Puerto Limon

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Explore Limon ©
Explore Limon
Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus ©
Catedral Sagrado Corazon de Jesus

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