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:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
5
Tortuguero
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
6
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, and get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Estudio.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

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

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 22nd (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Nahomi, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio road trip planning tool .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Parque Nahomi
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

2
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.
On the 24th (Wed), meet the residents at The Bat Jungle and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

Before you visit Monteverde, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo day trip app .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Spas & Wellness
Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa ©

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 27th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Tortuguero National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Tortuguero tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from Tamarindo to Tortuguero by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary site .

Drive from Tortuguero to Poas Volcano National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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