12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Dusseldorf

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vara Blanca online travel planner .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Vara Blanca is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dusseldorf to Vara Blanca, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Dusseldorf in February; daily highs in Vara Blanca reach 34°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Nature, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trip

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

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 1st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then take a memorable tour with MidWorld Costa Rica.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio route builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vara Blanca in February, you will find days in Manuel Antonio are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive 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 ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 7th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species 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 8th (Thu): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde visit planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Zipline
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stroll through Playa Avellana, stroll through Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in March, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Azul Profundo Boutique ©
Azul Profundo Boutique

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