12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Playa Samara
— 1 night
2
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights

1
night
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach and then trot along with a tour on horseback. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Nativa Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara trip itinerary planner.

Montreal, Canada to Playa Samara is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Playa Samara due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Nosara
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Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Horseback Riding Tours
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, thensoothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa tour planning site.

Drive from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

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nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then stroll through Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Uvita trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

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night
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.
On the 5th (Fri), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online trip builder.

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Parasailing & Paragliding

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, thenget a dose of the wild on Ecocentro Danaus, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

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Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Butterfly Conservatory
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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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 8th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach and then stroll through Nature Observatorio.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Nature Observatorio
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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