11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— Few hours
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Catedral de Ciudad Quesada and Art House. Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through Proyecto Asis, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and stop by Souvenir Leo.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planning app.

Dallas, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Multiplaza. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at El Toledo Coffee Tour, then get engrossed in the history at Souvenir Museum, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center.

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Take a shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, then look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, then look for gifts at Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

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You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Santa Teresa trip app.

Traveling by ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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Tamarindo

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 9th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal, take in the exciting artwork at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

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.