11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
San Jose
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Phoenix

1
day
San Jose

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.
For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose sightseeing planning app.

Phoenix, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Phoenix in May, you will find days in San Jose are little chillier (82°F), and nights are about the same (67°F). You will leave for Monteverde on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, and then admire the masterpieces at Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then relax in the rural setting at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

San Luis Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
San Luis Waterfall ©
San Luis Waterfall
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): stroll through Arenal 1968 Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, thenlearn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Arenal Eco Zoo, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): get outside with Flow Trips, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and then take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

El Castillo, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
Arenal Eco Zoo ©
Arenal Eco Zoo

2
nights
Tortuguero

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Family-friendly places like Blue Day Family Club and Zipline will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Sea Turtle Conservancy. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip maker.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Zipline, Blue Day Family Club
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Zipline

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Negra, head outdoors with Nature Riders, and then stroll through Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Finca Tierra, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manzanillo Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Ceiba.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca tour itinerary planning app.

Drive from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Manzanillo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Finca Tierra ©
Finca Tierra

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
On the 23rd (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle and then cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Jose travel route tool.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Scenic Drive Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle ©
Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle

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