12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica route builder

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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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Tamarindo

— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa. On your second day here, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then contemplate the waterfront views at Potrero Beach.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo online trip itinerary planner.

Montreal, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bogarin Trail and Butterfly Conservatory. Get in touch with nature at La Fortuna Waterfall and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, stroll through Costa Rica Dog Rescue & Adoption, and take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

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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.
On the 29th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Uva.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey maker tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Uvita

— 2 nights
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Uvita sightseeing app.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainmaker Park. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. On the 4th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.