11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly
2
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to Santo Domingo

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Tamarindo

— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 9th (Thu), stroll through Tamarindo Beach and then look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to Tamarindo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Santo Domingo to Tamarindo is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Poas Volcano National Park

— 1 night
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, then get a taste of local nightlife at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo, and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park online trip planner.

You can fly from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Nightlife

Side Trips

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

Before you visit Tortuguero, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. April in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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 16th (Thu), stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio itinerary planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, then look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle. Keep things going the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Monteverde online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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.