12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Birmingham
Fly + shuttle:  13​h
Monteverde
— 3 nights
shuttle + bus:  4​h
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
Birmingham

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): stroll through The Bat Jungle, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde travel route planning app .

Birmingham, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Zipline

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Monteverde to Uvita by combination of shuttle and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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 Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and Playa Biesanz. Step out of the city life by going to Playa Manuel Antonio and Nature & Wildlife Tours. It doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip builder app .

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Beaches

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
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.
Get in touch with nature at Butterfly Conservatory and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ecocentro Danaus and Arenal Eco Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, get outside with Canopy San Luis, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

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

You can 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. You will leave for home on the 27th (Sun).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

El Castillo, Canopy San Luis
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

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