12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Marquette
Fly:  17​h 15​min
Vara Blanca
— Few hours
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Marquette

few
hours
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then stroll through La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca online travel planner .

Marquette, USA to Vara Blanca is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Marquette in March, expect Vara Blanca to be much warmer, temps between 85°F and 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Nature, #Wildlife, #Parks

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Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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.
On the 21st (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Vara Blanca in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Manuel Antonio, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, hike along Ecocentro Danaus, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday site .

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 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

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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)

1
day
Monteverde

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip builder .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

2
days
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 28th (Wed): stroll through Tamarindo Beach and then get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in March, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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

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