11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
2
Santa Teresa
Ferry
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
4
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Liberia, Fly to Toronto

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Tamarindo

— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): stroll through Playa Conchal, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip maker site.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Santa Teresa

A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

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.
On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip maker.

Traveling by ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): revel in the low prices at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Galeria Namu.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. March in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde online journey maker.

You can drive from San Jose to Monteverde in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Quesada to see Catedral de Ciudad Quesada about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Spas · Adventure

Side Trips

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.