12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
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Uvita
— 2 nights
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Monteverde
— 1 night
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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Playas del Coco
— 2 nights

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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.
On the 10th (Wed), explore the galleries of Luluberlu Art Gallery, then shop like a local with La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Choco, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel planner.

Porto, Portugal to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Porto to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Spas
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita

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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.
Relax by the water at Uvita Beach and Playa Ventanas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Uvita Waterfall. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, view the masterpieces at Magic Ananda, and stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Uvita day trip planning site.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Ballena
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Monteverde planning website.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Monteverde takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take a tour of Kingpin Sportfishing and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo holiday app.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 18th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and finally stop by Cata Chocolate.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

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