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, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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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San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

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Denver, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, pick up some new knowledge with ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

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 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Spas · Outdoors

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sea Turtle Conservancy. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero itinerary planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours.

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You can 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. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

San Jose

— 2 nights
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
On the 29th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico Lankester, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum and then take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose road trip planning tool.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.