12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Monteverde
— 1 day
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 day
5
San Jose
— 1 night
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights

1
day
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 3rd (Sun), browse the exhibits of Alas y Raices, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

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Toronto, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Museums
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Alas y Raices ©
Alas y Raices

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, look for all kinds of wild species at Ecocentro Danaus, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero visit planning app.

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. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in February, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow 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 8th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park and then get your game on at Yesland Mini Golf. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca attractions website.

You can drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

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