12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h 45​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Poas Volcano National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: Chicago

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online travel planner .

Chicago, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in February: high temperatures in Manuel Antonio hover around 79°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

few
hours
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Poas Volcano National Park online route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to Poas Volcano National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Parks, #Nature
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

4
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and trek along Ecocentro Danaus.

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

You can drive from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip maker site .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Zipline
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

1
night
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 22nd (Thu): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Teresa trip planner .

Drive from Monteverde to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, ferry, and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Spas & Wellness

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then stroll through Playa Avellana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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