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

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary planning app.

Porto, Portugal to Tamarindo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Guiones and then stroll through Samara Beach. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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.
On the 14th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio journey builder site.

Getting from Playa Samara to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

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 more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. April in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Onirica Art Gallery. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: 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 · Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve ©
River Rafting & Tubing

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