12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Monteverde
— 1 night
2
Drake Bay
— 1 night
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
5
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, thenget a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde tour planner.

Toronto, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Monteverde is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Monteverde

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

1
night
Drake Bay

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Cano Island.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Drake Bay trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Drake Bay takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Outdoors Nature
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cano Island ©
Cano Island

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online holiday planner.

Drive from Drake Bay to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

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.
Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, head outdoors with El Salto, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip maker.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Vara Blanca
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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