12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— 1 night
plane:  1​h
2
Tortuguero
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: San Jose

1
night
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 Toucan Rescue Ranch as well as Mercado Nacional de Artesanias.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose tour itinerary planner.

Paris, France to San Jose is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to San Jose is minus 7 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in April, with highs in San Jose at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a shuttle to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

#Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Mercado Nacional de Artesanias ©
Mercado Nacional de Artesanias

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Asociacion Guias Tortuguero Asoprotur. Explore hidden gems such as Sea Turtle Conservancy and Tortuguero Canal. Spend the 11th (Wed) exploring nature at Tortuguero National Park. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Tortuguero Adventures.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero online day trip planner .

Getting from San Jose to Tortuguero by shuttle takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Tortuguero Canal
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Tortuguero Adventures ©
Tortuguero Adventures
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Tortuguero Canal ©
Tortuguero Canal

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Venado Caves, get outside with Canopy San Luis, take in the natural beauty of Eco Termales Hot Springs, and view the masterpieces at Wood and Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning site .

You can take a shuttle from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves
Los Lagos Hot Springs ©
Los Lagos Hot Springs

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas & Wellness and Rancho Tipico Don Juan. Venture out of the city with trips to Dominical (Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store & Parque Reptilandia). Make the 17th (Tue) an awe-inspiring day at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Espadilla Norte and stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Quepos, Dominical
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Rancho Tipico Don Juan ©
Rancho Tipico Don Juan
Spas & Wellness
Parque Reptilandia ©
Parque Reptilandia

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