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 San Jose, Shuttle to JW Marriott Hacienda Pinilla
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

Plan my trip to Tamarindo with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

London, UK to Tamarindo is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from London to Tamarindo, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Vara Blanca

— 2 nights
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca trip maker tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Vara Blanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature

Side 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then see MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

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 26th (Sun): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, and trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

Find out how to plan La Fortuna de San Carlos trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

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 on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to 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.