11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 3 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica and Paradise Hot Springs. Get outdoors at Rio Chollin and Arenal Volcano. There's more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday planner.

Nashville, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle and then take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde travel route planner.

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 21st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa and then stroll through Playa Hermosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Montezuma Falls.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Teresa route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Santa Teresa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Playa Avellana. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Playa Conchal. Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts in Playas del Coco--about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura and look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner.

Drive from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.