11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel route planner

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Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Shuttle to San José, Fly to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Taxi to Naranjo, Fly to Belo Horizonte

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. Next up on the itinerary: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning website.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Belo Horizonte to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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 7th (Mon), take the plunge with Skydive Costa Rica, then glide peacefully along the water with Pineapple Tours, and then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Beaches

Side Trips

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
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 9th (Wed): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then stroll through Playa Avellana. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo holiday planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 11th (Fri): stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip builder tool.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Monteverde are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.