12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
4
Monteverde
— 3 nights
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano, look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vara Blanca trip builder website.

San Jose to Vara Blanca is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, Poas Volcano
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Tortuguero driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Tortuguero in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Tortuguero sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, learn something new at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
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.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

2
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 30th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Before you visit Manuel Antonio, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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