12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Sofia
Fly:  27​h
Playa Flamingo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Liberia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  22​h 15​min
Sofia

3
days
Playa Flamingo

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Explore hidden gems such as Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Potrero Beach. Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Playa Avellana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Playa Flamingo: Pura Aventura (in El Guapote) and Spas & Wellness (in Tamarindo).

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Playa Flamingo route planner.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Playa Flamingo is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Sofia in February; daily highs in Playa Flamingo reach 39°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trips

Potrero Beach, Playa Avellana, Spas & Wellness, Pura Aventura
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
days
Liberia

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then stroll through Playa Hermosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Souvenirs La gran Nicoya and then take in the dramatic scenery at Llanos de Cortez Waterfall.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Liberia journey planner.

You can drive from Playa Flamingo to Liberia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Liberia are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Liberia

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, Shark Diving
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Playa Hermosa

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Uvita Beach and Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa Biesanz. Change things up with a short trip to Hacienda Baru in Guapil (about 54 minutes away). The adventure continues: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip builder site .

You can drive from Liberia to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Liberia in February, with highs in Manuel Antonio at 30°C and lows at 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Uvita Beach, Hacienda Baru, Zipline
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Uvita Beach
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Hacienda Baru
Zipline

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, and then stroll through Arenal Eco Zoo. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Salto, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

El Castillo
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Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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