12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica itinerary planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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Drake Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cartago
— 1 night
Bus to San José, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Playa Panamá, Fly to Montreal

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San Jose — 1 night

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 6th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Jose attractions planner.

Montreal, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Montreal in April, things will get much warmer in San Jose: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Drake Bay.
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Tours · Museums

Drake Bay — 4 nights

Go for a jaunt from Drake Bay to Puerto Jimenez to see Osa Wild about 1h 30 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 8th (Sat) at Cano Island.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Drake Bay trip planning tool.

You can drive from San Jose to Drake Bay in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Uvita.
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Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip

Uvita — 3 nights

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.
Uvita is known for nature, adventure, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stay fit while traveling at Health/Fitness Clubs & Gyms.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Uvita online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Uvita takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cartago.
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Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip

Cartago — 1 night

Cartago is a city in Costa Rica, about 25km east of the capital, San José. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire the verdant scenery at Orosi River Valley, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Cartago route planner.

Drive from Uvita to Cartago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Cartago sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip website.

Traveling by combination of bus and shuttle from Cartago to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.
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Nature · Parks · Spas · Wildlife
Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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