11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
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 25th (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Playa Avellana and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip builder.

Edmonton, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Edmonton to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Attractions like Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and hike along Senderos Los Tucanes.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip app.

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tortuguero trip planning app.

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 January, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours.

You can plan Manuel Antonio trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Monteverde

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond

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