12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Detroit
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  12​h
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Detroit

2
nights
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 17th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo online road trip planner .

Detroit, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Detroit to Tamarindo. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Detroit in May; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 93°F and lows reach 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Spas

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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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1
night
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 18th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Uvita trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Tamarindo to Uvita in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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 20th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can 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
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, then take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, then admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Chiquita and then stroll through Playa Cocles.

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Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in May, and nighttime lows around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

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Cahuita
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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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