11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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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
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to John Glenn Columbus International Airport

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery.

For where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Columbus, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary maker site.

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 on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife

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Manuel Antonio

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will leave for Tortuguero on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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Tortuguero

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero day trip website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Walaba

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.
On the 10th (Sun), stroll through Nature Observatorio and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Vara Blanca

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 11th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca online itinerary builder.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Vara Blanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. You will leave for home on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.