12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Porto
Fly:  19​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Porto

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Arenal Eco Zoo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, and then admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and finally take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos tour planner.

Porto, Portugal to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Porto to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

El Castillo
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): look for gifts at Cho.co, then kick back and relax at Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

1
night
Uvita

Uvita ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Uvita online vacation maker .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, walk around Parque Nahomi, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio tour planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Walking tours
Spas

1
night
Tamarindo

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 18th (Thu): push the limits with an extreme tour and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas

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