12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  10 h
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  13 h
End: Toronto

1
night
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 20th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planning website .

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Off-Road Tours
Shark Diving

1
night
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 21st (Tue), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Playas del Coco visit planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

2
nights
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.
On the 22nd (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. On the next day, trek along Bogarin Trail, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then learn something new at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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.
On the 24th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip builder website .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Walking tours
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 26th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach, then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

Before you visit Uvita, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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 28th (Tue): kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach and then stroll through Playa Cocles. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca visit planning tool .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Apr 27 — 30:
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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