12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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

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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. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip website.

Porto, Portugal to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Porto to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and then stop by Jungle Avenue.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio route tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Jungle Avenue
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Tue), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

San Luis Waterfall
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
San Luis Waterfall ©
San Luis Waterfall

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Wed), stroll through Samara Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach, and then browse the exhibits of Koss Art Gallery.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Playa Samara itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Monteverde to Playa Samara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Koss Art Gallery ©
Koss Art Gallery

2
nights
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 18th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana. On the next day, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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

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