11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive
4
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly

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nights
Monteverde

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 16th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online trip planner.

Corpus Christi, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

4
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and Galeria Estudio. Step out of the city life by going to La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, get interesting insight from Tours, and get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

1
night
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 22nd (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planning site.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

3
nights
San Jose

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Nacional De Costa Rica and Galeria Namu. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and take in the exciting artwork at Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Jose online itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In March in San Jose, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 65°F at night. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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.