11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica route planner

Make it your trip
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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San Jose
— 2 nights
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San Jose

— 3 nights
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Get some cultural insight at Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral and Museo Nacional De Costa Rica. Get in touch with nature at Top Travel Costa Rica and Spirogyra Butterfly Garden. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, look for gifts at Chieton Moren, buy something for everyone on your list at Avenida Escazu, and examine the collection at Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose tour itinerary planner.

Portland, USA to San Jose is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Portland in November, expect San Jose to be warmer, temps between 79°F and 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Wildlife · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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 29th (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Birding Spots Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio day trip website.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Uvita

— 2 nights
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
On the 30th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Ballena Aventura. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Oro Verde Biological Reserve and then kick back and relax at Uvita Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Uvita route builder website.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then identify plant and animal life at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and then stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker site.

Getting from Uvita to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

San Jose

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, buy something for everyone on your list at Avenida Escazu, and then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose travel planner.

Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.