12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour itinerary maker

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Liberia
— 2 nights
Fly

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
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: stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos route planner.

Montreal, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Monteverde online route planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Monteverde, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Playa Samara

— 3 nights
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.
Explore Playa Samara's surroundings by going to Nosara (Playa Guiones & MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Samara Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Playa Samara planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Playa Samara, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

Liberia

— 2 nights

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
On the 3rd (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Cataratas Llanos de Cortes, then look for gifts at Souvenirs La gran Nicoya, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally view the masterpieces at Costa Rica'n Art Craft.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Liberia trip maker.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Liberia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.