12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Toronto
Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
Poas Volcano National Park
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
Toronto

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Monteverde attractions planner.

Toronto, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Zipline
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

4
days
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), and shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
days
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 4th (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio vacation planning tool .

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. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Spas & Wellness

few
hours
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
On the 6th (Sun), get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

1
day
Tamarindo

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 7th (Mon), find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo attractions site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Poas Volcano National Park in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Tamarindo: highs are around 38°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Theme Parks, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates

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