11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h
End: Seattle

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Hermosa and Lydia Beech Art Boutique. Get in touch with nature at Shark Diving and Monkey Park. There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a tour of Kingpin Sportfishing, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

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Seattle, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Tamarindo is 2 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Seattle in December: high temperatures in Tamarindo hover around 82°F and lows are around 82°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique
Shark Diving
Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables, look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip website .

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Uvita Beach. Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Manuel Antonio to Dominical to see Parasailing & Paragliding about 50 minutes away. There's more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

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Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Dominical, Quepos, Uvita
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Jaco

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): stop by Jimmy T's Provisions, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Jaco trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Jaco

Shopping Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Herradura
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Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts
Jimmy T's Provisions ©
Jimmy T's Provisions

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
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.
On the 18th (Wed), make a trip to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez and then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Jose itinerary planner.

Getting from Jaco to San Jose by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in San Jose are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums
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Museo de Arte Costarricense ©
Museo de Arte Costarricense
Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez ©
Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez

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