12 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday planner
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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Uvita
— 2 nights
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Jaco
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo — 2 nights

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Visit Playa Avellana and Playa Hermosa for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Monkey Park. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online trip itinerary builder.

Dublin, Ireland to Tamarindo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Dublin to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in December, with highs in Tamarindo at 32°C and lows at 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bogarin Trail and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Traveling by car from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 2 nights

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 3rd (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then stroll through Playa Biesanz. Here are some ideas for day two: see human ingenuity at work at Isla Damas, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online vacation planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Uvita.
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Uvita — 2 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.
On the 5th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Uvita road trip planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Jaco.
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Jaco — 2 nights

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Butterflies, see Off-Road Tours, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Jungle Crocodile Safari.

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Drive from Uvita to Jaco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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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