12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  7​h
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
shuttle:  3​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
shuttle:  5​h
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
shuttle + bus:  4​h 15​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
5
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Atlanta

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Poas Volcano. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Toucan Rescue Ranch.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read San Jose attractions planner.

Atlanta, USA to San Jose is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Atlanta to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in July, things will get little chillier in San Jose: highs are around 80°F and lows about 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Toucan Rescue Ranch, Poas Volcano
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

4
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Sky Adventures Arenal Park, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Tenorio National Park. It doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip app .

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Nature, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Tenorio National Park
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)

1
night
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 31st (Wed), look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Wild Hikes.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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3
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Matapalo.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Matapalo
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Rancho Tipico Don Juan ©
Rancho Tipico Don Juan
Spas & Wellness
Playa Matapalo ©
Playa Matapalo

1
night
San Jose

San Jose
To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose road trip planning site .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 2nd (Fri), you're off toManuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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