11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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San Jose
— 1 night
Shuttle
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Shuttle to San Jose, Bus to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive

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San Jose

— 1 night
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 17th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Tobias Bolanos International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Limon International Airport. In March in San Jose, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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.
You've now added Ecoterra Costa Rica to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and then catch all the local highlights with Ecoterra Costa Rica. Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday website.

Take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Tours · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Finca La Isla and Nature Riders. When in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, make a side trip to see Alma Verde - Cahuita Healing Garden in Cahuita, approximately Cahuita away. There's much more to do: stroll through Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nature Park Walk, and take in the exciting artwork at Luluberlu Art Gallery.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca journey planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and bus from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. On the 23rd (Thu), you're off to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mike’s Nature Tours and Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor). The adventure continues: do sightseeing your way with Mulguri Adventure and stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

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

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

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.