12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
2
Herradura
— 1 night
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
4
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge and Manuel Antonio Hot Springs. Get outdoors at Playa Ventanas and Parasailing & Paragliding. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, walk around Parque Nahomi, kick back and relax at Playas Gemelas, and stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio travel route planner.

San Jose to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Herradura.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Parasailing & Paragliding, Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, Playa Ventanas, Parque Nahomi
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Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge
Parasailing & Paragliding
Spas

1
night
Herradura

Herradura ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Linda, stop by Dantica Gallery, then kick back and relax at Playa Mantas, and finally take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Herradura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Herradura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Monteverde.

Things to do in Herradura

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Playa Linda, Tarcoles Bridge
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Playa Mantas ©
Playa Mantas
Dantica Gallery ©
Dantica Gallery

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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.
On the 23rd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Escondido Preserve, witness a stunning natural landmark at Middle Earth Thermal Springs, and then see the interesting displays at Chorotega Arts & Crafts. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Sustainability Demonstration Center and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Finca el Rodeo.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online day trip planner.

Getting from Herradura to Monteverde by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sustainability Demonstration Center, Middle Earth Thermal Springs
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Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve
Sustainability Demonstration Center ©
Sustainability Demonstration Center
Chorotega Arts & Crafts ©
Chorotega Arts & Crafts

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): stroll through Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Danta and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Dantita.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco day trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Las Catalinas, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Playa Danta ©
Playa Danta

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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.
On the 27th (Fri), hike along Senderos Los Tucanes, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then Head underground at Venado Caves.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Venado Caves
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Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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nights
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 29th (Sun), head outdoors with Nature Riders, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then look for gifts at Choco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary tool.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Choco ©
Choco

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