11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
4
Jaco
— 1 night
Ferry to Malpais, Bus to Santa Teresa
5
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Shuttle to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Fly to London Gatwick

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes River Rafting & Tubing as well as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall, then explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

London, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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 24th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde day trip app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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 25th (Sat): look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip builder app.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Jaco

— 1 night
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): stroll through Jaco Beach and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Jaco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stroll through Playa Hermosa, kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa holiday tool.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Jaco to Santa Teresa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo online trip maker.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

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.