12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Arenal Eco Zoo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, and then identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes, then explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, then take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, and finally take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planner.

Porto, Portugal to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 6 hours. 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

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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 Choco, then browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then stroll through Playa Cocles. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and then stroll through Nature Observatorio.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca attractions planning app.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Uvita trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to 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

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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): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parque Nahomi and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio visit app.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
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Walking tours
Parasailing & Paragliding
Spas

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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 18th (Thu), push the limits with an extreme tour and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo online vacation planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off 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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Fishing Charters & Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas

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