11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Austin
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  5​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
shuttle:  3​h
2
San Jose
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Quepos
— 2 nights
bus + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
4
Monteverde
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Austin

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Butterfly Conservatory and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Paradise Hot Springs and Spas. Change things up with a short trip to Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park in La Virgen (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Estudio, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip site .

Austin, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
nights
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 4th (Wed), cruise along Top Travel Costa Rica, look for all kinds of wild species at Toucan Rescue Ranch, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana). On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Bosque de la Hoja and then hike along Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read San Jose vacation planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Quepos.

Things to do in San Jose

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bosque de la Hoja, Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo ©

2
nights
Quepos

The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop, then kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte, and finally walk around Parque Nahomi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ventanas, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Quepos trip itinerary planner .

Getting from San Jose to Quepos by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Dominical, Playa Ventanas
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Zipline

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Escondido Preserve, take in the natural beauty of Middle Earth Thermal Springs, and then explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Wild Hikes and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sustainability Demonstration Center.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Quepos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Monteverde can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 82°F. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Middle Earth Thermal Springs, Sustainability Demonstration Center
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Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve
Sustainability Demonstration Center ©
Monteverde Wild Hikes ©
Monteverde Wild Hikes

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