12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Curitiba
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Monteverde
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Puntarenas
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 30 min
8
San Jose
— Few hours
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Curitiba

3
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Explore hidden gems such as Toucan Rescue Ranch and Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral and Galeria Namu. Take a break from San Jose with a short trip to Parque Angostura in Santa Barbara, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Universidad de Costa Rica, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Jose driving holiday site.

Curitiba, Brazil to San Jose is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Curitiba to San Jose, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Curitiba in June: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Wildlife Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Alajuela, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion, Parque Angostura
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum ©
Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes, then stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Bogarin Trail, view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, then get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and finally view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Butterfly Conservatory
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Spas

few
hours
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 18th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Chorotega Arts & Crafts and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Chorotega Arts & Crafts ©
Chorotega Arts & Crafts

1
night
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 19th (Wed): step aboard Kingpin Sportfishing and then view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Puntarenas.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Museums Shopping
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Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique

1
night
Puntarenas

Puntarenas
A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Puntarenas online road trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Puntarenas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will leave for Turrialba on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Puntarenas

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): experience rural life at Aquiares Coffee & Community Experience and then explore the activities along Pejibaye River.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Turrialba trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Puntarenas to Turrialba in 3.5 hours. In June in Turrialba, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Turrialba

Nature Parks
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Pejibaye River ©
Pejibaye River
Aquiares Coffee & Community Experience ©
Aquiares Coffee & Community Experience

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Manzanillo Beach, then look for gifts at Choco, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Luluberlu Art Gallery and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip tool.

You can drive from Turrialba to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Manzanillo Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Luluberlu Art Gallery ©
Luluberlu Art Gallery
Choco ©
Choco

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hours
San Jose

San Jose
To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planner.

You can take a bus from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. You'll set off for home on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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