11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica tour builder

Make it your trip
Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
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Vara Blanca
— 1 day
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
— 3 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to Spokane

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Vara Blanca

— 1 day
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 13th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca day trip planner.

Spokane, USA to Vara Blanca is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Spokane to Vara Blanca. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero journey builder app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then look for gifts at Jungle Avenue.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip site.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 3 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 20th (Fri): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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.