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 San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

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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.
On the 8th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

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Phoenix, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Monteverde is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Parque Nahomi, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

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.
On the 12th (Tue), learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Tortuguero route planning app.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Museums

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: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the galleries of Wood & Art Gallery, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Poas Volcano National Park

— 2 nights
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 16th (Sat), experience rural life at The Ark Herb Farm, take in the dramatic scenery at Los Chorros Waterfalls, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo. On your second day here, get impressive views of Poas Volcano.

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You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature · Nightlife

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.