12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly + taxi:  13​h 30​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

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 13th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio driving holiday planning tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Vancouver to Manuel Antonio due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in March, things will get much warmer in Manuel Antonio: highs are around 31°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

5
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, trails, parks, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), and get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

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
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stop by Souvenir Rosewood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde attractions planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): stroll through La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Zoo Ave and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Vara Blanca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Zoo Ave
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Zoo Ave ©
Zoo Ave

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