11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Brussels 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Arenal, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning tool.

Brussels, Belgium to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18-hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip planner.

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 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take a pleasant ride with Rancho Tipico Don Juan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

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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.
On the 14th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Souvenir Museum and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Here are some ideas for day two: get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

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.