12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Bathurst
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Montezuma
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Bathurst

1
night
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 4th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Viento Fresco Waterfall.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde journey planning website .

Bathurst, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Viento Fresco Waterfall ©
Viento Fresco Waterfall
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

2
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip planner .

Getting from Monteverde to Playa Samara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Playa Samara can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Montezuma.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Montezuma

Montezuma ©
With a scenic position on a sheltered bay, Montezuma remains one of Costa Rica's quieter destinations, attracting mostly backpackers and other explorers averse to making detailed travel plans.
On the 7th (Sat), look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then stroll through Playa Hermosa.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Montezuma travel route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Playa Samara to Montezuma in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Montezuma

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Teresa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Spas & Wellness

few
hours
San Jose

San Jose
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): shop like a local with Multiplaza.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Montezuma to San Jose by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Multiplaza
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Ecocentro Danaus. Visiting Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) and Butterfly Conservatory will get you outdoors. Step out of La Fortuna de San Carlos to go to El Castillo and see Arenal Eco Zoo, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, and trek along Cerro Chato ANC Park & Gardens.

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Drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park
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Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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