12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  10​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: New York City

4
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Get in touch with nature at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, look for gifts at Lydia Beech Art, explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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New York City, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in February, things will get much warmer in Tamarindo: highs are around 93°F and lows about 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos with an excursion to Ecological Sanctuary in Santa Elena--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get outside with Canopy San Luis, stop by Souvenir Leo, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip maker .

Getting from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Canopy San Luis, Ecological Sanctuary
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Baldi Hot Springs ©
Baldi Hot Springs

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Visiting La Paz Waterfall Gardens and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Galeria Namu and Chieton Moren. Change things up with a short trip to Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles) in Cartago (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central) and explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March in San Jose, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 66°F at night. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

#Nature, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

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