12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Monteverde
— 1 night
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
5
San Jose
— 3 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.
On the 21st (Tue), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Monteverde attractions planner.

Denver, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Denver to Monteverde, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

3
nights
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: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and surround yourself with nature on Ecocentro Danaus.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour 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 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
night
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 27th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, thentake a memorable tour with Tours, and then stop by Jungle Avenue. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, thenget a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then browse the exhibits of The Captain's Booty.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio vacation builder.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and then explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

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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. Expect a daytime high around °F in May, and nighttime lows around °F. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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