12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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San Jose
— 2 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
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Tortuguero
— 1 day
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 1 night

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): wander the streets of Multiplaza, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central), and finally browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Jose trip builder app.

Reykjavik, Iceland to San Jose is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Reykjavik to San Jose due to the time zone difference. In May, San Jose is warmer than Reykjavik - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Multiplaza, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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 3rd (Mon), take a memorable tour with Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Manuel Antonio trip simple and quick.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero online trip maker.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wood & Art Gallery and Onirica Art Gallery. Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online day 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 your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
nights
Monteverde

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 8th (Sat): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. On the next day, explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then see the interesting displays at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Dolores Shop, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

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You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolores Shop ©
Dolores Shop

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