12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Boise
Fly:  18​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  3​h 45​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
Boise

1
day
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 19th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planner .

Boise, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Boise in July since evenings lows in Tamarindo dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Spas

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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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 20th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

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

2
days
Uvita

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach and then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Uvita attractions planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

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Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

3
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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Zipline will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Spas & Wellness. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio vacation app .

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

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Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Paradise Hot Springs. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Ecocentro Danaus, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary site .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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