12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Vancouver

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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Ecotermales Fortuna. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Vancouver, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vancouver to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

1
night
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 24th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

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You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
nights
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 28th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, thenkick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. You will leave for home on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique

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