12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

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Tamarindo

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 10th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, stroll through Tamarindo Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal, and then take in the exciting artwork at Con Mucho Gusto.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary builder site.

Porto, Portugal to Tamarindo is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Porto to Tamarindo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Barrigona Beach and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara visit planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Guiones
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Playa Biesanz and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
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.
On the 16th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Ecotermales Fortuna. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, view the masterpieces at Coco Loco Art Studio & Gallery, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary site.

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 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

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