11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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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: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery, head outdoors with El Salto, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos route planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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 30th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Refugio de Vida Silvestre Bosque Alegre and then admire the sheer force of Los Chorros Waterfalls.

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You can drive from Tortuguero to Poas Volcano National Park in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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 3rd (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
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 5th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip maker tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In December in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.