12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 1 night
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
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Liberia
— 1 day

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San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): revel in the low prices at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read San Jose trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to San Jose is an approximately 10-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to San Jose is minus 1 hour. In May, San Jose is somewhat warmer than Philadelphia - with highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a shuttle to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

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Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum
Museo de Arte Costarricense ©
Museo de Arte Costarricense
Photography Tours

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Iguana Tours. On the 23rd (Sun), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, paddle through the water with Iguana Tours, and then look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio itinerary builder site.

Take a shuttle from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Iguana Tours ©
Iguana Tours
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©

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 25th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero route planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in May, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

3
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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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Monteverde trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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Liberia

Liberia ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): admire the sheer force of Cataratas Llanos de Cortes and then take a memorable tour with Costa Rica Private Tours.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Liberia vacation builder website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Costa Rica Private Tours ©
Costa Rica Private Tours
Cataratas Llanos de Cortes ©
Cataratas Llanos de Cortes

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