11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  9​h 30​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Tortuguero
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Mexico City

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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, wildlife, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 21st (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo tour itinerary builder site .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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 22nd (Tue): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Monteverde using our trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

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 24th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, and then look for gifts at Super Joseth. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nahomi.

To see where to stay and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Parque Nahomi
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 26th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

Plan my trip to Tortuguero with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
night
Vara Blanca

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 27th (Sun), admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

Plan my trip to Vara Blanca with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks

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