11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Seattle
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  15​h 15​min
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
+3
shuttle + bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
4
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Seattle

1
night
Monteverde

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 9th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then relax in the rural setting at The Paradise Farm.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monteverde online tour builder .

Seattle, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Seattle to Monteverde. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Finca El Paraiso
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

2
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.
On the 11th (Sun), delve into the lush surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, then get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and finally take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Arenal Eco Zoo, identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, and then admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker tool .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

El Castillo, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Cocles, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Ara Project, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, and then relax in the rural setting at Chocorart.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ara Manzanillo, Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
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.
On the 15th (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, then kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, and then look for gifts at Tica Surf Bikinis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, trot along with Tokpela, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Teresa holiday builder app .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Santa Teresa in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tokpela
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 17th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then view the masterpieces at Alessandra Cola Art.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playas del Coco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Cata Chocolate ©
Cata Chocolate

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