11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
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Vara Blanca
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Shuttle to Playa Panamá, Fly to Montreal

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca tour app.

Montreal, Canada to Vara Blanca is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Montreal to Vara Blanca due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Tortuguero

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. March in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time 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 1st (Sat), stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio attractions tool.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping

Monteverde

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 3rd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find out how to plan a trip to Monteverde, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, and identify plant and animal life at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough 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.