11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
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Vara Blanca
— Few hours
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Playa Panamá, Fly to Los Angeles

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Vara Blanca

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 26th (Wed), contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca journey builder app.

Los Angeles, USA to Vara Blanca is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles to Vara Blanca, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio road trip planner.

Drive from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get some fabulous bargains at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Jose journey maker tool.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. April in San Jose sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

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Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Monteverde day trip planning tool.

You can drive from San Jose to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.