11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour itinerary builder

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Fly
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San Jose
Shuttle
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Shuttle
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Shuttle
5
San Jose
— 1 night
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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.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read San Jose journey builder.

Seattle, USA to San Jose is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Seattle to San Jose. In August in San Jose, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 66°F at night. You'll set off for Manuel Antonio on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Manuel Antonio

— 3 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Your day by day itinerary now includes ADR Adventure Park as well as Skydive Costa Rica. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from San Jose to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Wildlife

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.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Spas · Wildlife

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Iguana Surf. Go for a jaunt from Tamarindo to Playa Conchal to see Playa Conchal about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, stroll through Playa Avellana, and get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo tour planning site.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

San Jose

— 1 night
To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Tamarindo to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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.