12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Riyadh
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  30​h
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
ferry:  4​h
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
shuttle + bus + Fly:  28​h
Riyadh

3
days
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shark Diving and Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. Take a break from Playas del Coco with a short trip to Zipline in Liberia, about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip itinerary planning app .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Playas del Coco is an approximately 30-hour flight. Traveling from Riyadh to Playas del Coco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Riyadh in July, things will get a bit cooler in Playas del Coco: highs are around 38°C and lows about 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Zipline
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Shark Diving
Zipline
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

2
days
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stroll through Monkey Park, explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Spas & Wellness

1
day
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

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 16th (Mon), stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

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Zipline
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zipline

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): hike along Ecocentro Danaus, then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip maker .

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. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
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Paradise Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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