12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica vacation maker

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Rincon de La Vieja
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Rincon de La Vieja
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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Dominical
— 3 nights
Drive
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Liberia
— 2 nights
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Rincon de La Vieja

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Rio Negro Hot Springs.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rincon de La Vieja trip itinerary maker site.

Toronto, Canada to Rincon de La Vieja is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, Rincon de La Vieja is much hotter than Toronto - with highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C. On the 25th (Sat), you're off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Nature · Parks
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online itinerary builder.

You can drive from Rincon de La Vieja to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 1 night
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 30th (Thu), stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde day trip planning tool.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Monteverde are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dominical.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks

Dominical

— 3 nights
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dominical: Jaco (Jaco Walk Open Air Shopping Center & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours) and Manuel Antonio (Playa Manuel Antonio, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more). There's more to do: look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dominical itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Monteverde to Dominical in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Dominical

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Liberia

— 2 nights

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
On the 3rd (Mon), experience rural life at Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience, then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and then stop by Nahua. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): tee off at Four Seasons Golf Club.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Liberia online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Dominical to Liberia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Golf

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.