11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Poas Volcano National Park
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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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.
On the 22nd (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): experience rural life at The Ark Herb Farm and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park tour website.

Kelowna, Canada to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Kelowna to Poas Volcano National Park, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Parks

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, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.
On the 27th (Fri), get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero road trip planning website.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Museums

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 28th (Sat), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then stop by Jungle Avenue. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online attractions planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

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.