12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Calgary
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  12​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  11​h 45​min
Calgary

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.
On the 29th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip maker tool .

Calgary, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Calgary in March, expect Tamarindo to be much warmer, temps between 40°C and 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Spas

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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa journey planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Uvita.

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#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

2
days
Uvita

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.
On the 31st (Sat), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall. On the next day, stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach.

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You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

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Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): stroll through Playa Biesanz, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio day trip website .

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Zipline
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Los Lagos Hot Springs. There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, stroll through Playa Hermosa, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco driving holiday planning site .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. April in Playas del Coco sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

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Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
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