11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 day
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 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 La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning tool.

Vancouver, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to La Fortuna de San Carlos is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Vara Blanca

— 1 day
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): join in the after-dark buzz at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca attractions site.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks · Nightlife

Side 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 22nd (Fri), stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, stroll through Playa Biesanz, and then do sightseeing your way with Mulguri Adventure.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 23rd (Sat), you're off to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
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.
On the 24th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, then stroll through Playa Santa Teresa, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Santa Teresa tour itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

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 25th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip planner.

Drive from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Theme Parks

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.