12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
5
San Jose
— 2 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Onirica Art Gallery and Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos. Take a break from the city and head to La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get interesting insight from Tours, and explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planner.

Brussels, Belgium to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 26th (Fri), stroll through Tamarindo Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana and then stroll through Playa Conchal.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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 28th (Sun): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Ecological Sanctuary, thenwhizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

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

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio road trip planning site.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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.
On the 31st (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, thenview the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, thentake a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, thenstop by J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, and finally see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Jose using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. July in San Jose sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, J.LANG Atelier & Showroom
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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