12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Rincon de La Vieja
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Rincon de La Vieja
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dominical
— 4 nights
Drive
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Liberia
— 1 night
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Rincon de La Vieja

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get impressive views of Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Rio Negro Hot Springs and then get a dose of the wild on Hotel Borinquen Mountain Resort Activites.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rincon de La Vieja road trip planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Rincon de La Vieja is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Rincon de La Vieja due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in December, things will get warmer in Rincon de La Vieja: highs are around 32°C and lows about 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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 discover tucked-away gems like Bogarin Trail and Los Lagos Hot Springs. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. The adventure continues: stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, learn something new at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour planning website.

You can drive from Rincon de La Vieja to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
On the 29th (Wed), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage Center, then stroll through Valle Escondido Preserve, and finally relax in the rural setting at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Monteverde are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dominical.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Dominical

— 4 nights
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge and Playa Ventanas. Visit Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla Norte for some beach relaxation. Explore Dominical's surroundings by going to Kokopelli (in Sierpe) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Ballena). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, stroll through Parque Reptilandia, and soothe aching muscles at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Dominical trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Monteverde to Dominical by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Dominical

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Liberia

— 1 night

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): stop by Nahua.

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Traveling by car from Dominical to Liberia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Liberia

Shopping

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.