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 Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and head outdoors with El Salto.

Plan a La Fortuna de San Carlos trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Toronto, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Monteverde

— 1 night
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 26th (Sun): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Adventure · Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, and then get a tailor-made plan with Mulguri Adventure.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio tour builder app.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Santa Teresa on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Santa Teresa

— 1 night
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 30th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Teresa travel route 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Playa Samara

— 2 nights
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 31st (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Samara trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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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 1st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then stop by Azul Profundo Boutique.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo online holiday planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.