11 days in Costa Rica & Aruba Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica & Aruba Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica & Aruba Itinerary

Start: Oranjestad, Aruba
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  9​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
5
Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
— 2 nights
bus:  15​min
End: Oranjestad, Aruba


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3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and get a taste of the local shopping with Onirica Art Gallery.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker app .

Oranjestad, Aruba to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
day
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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 12th (Fri): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio planner .

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

2
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

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 13th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planner .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Palm - Eagle Beach.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

2
nights
Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba

Palm - Eagle Beach ©
A long stretch of powdery white sand and aquamarine waters, Palm - Eagle Beach remains one of Aruba's most visited vacation spots.
Escape the urban bustle at Baby Beach and Eagle Beach. Attractions like Palm Beach and Arashi Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Donkey Sanctuary Aruba.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Palm - Eagle Beach trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Monteverde to Palm - Eagle Beach. Traveling from Monteverde to Palm - Eagle Beach, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In April in Palm - Eagle Beach, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Palm - Eagle Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, Baby Beach, Arashi Beach
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Eagle Beach ©
Eagle Beach
Baby Beach ©
Baby Beach
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

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