11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Uvita
— 1 night
bus:  3​h 15​min
End: San Jose

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bogarin Trail and Venado Caves. When in La Fortuna de San Carlos, make a side trip to see Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo, approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, identify plant and animal life at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for La Fortuna de San Carlos using our trip planner.

San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Venado Caves, Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Valle Escondido Preserve, look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood-Info Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sustainability Demonstration Center. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Art House and then take in the natural beauty of Middle Earth Thermal Springs.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Monteverde online travel planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, then stop by Papaya Con Leche, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally take a tour of Kingpin Sportfishing. On your second day here, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Danta.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Playa Danta
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Playa Danta ©
Playa Danta
Papaya Con Leche ©
Papaya Con Leche

2
nights
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 24th (Wed): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, make a trip to Marina Pez Vela, and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
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Horseback Riding Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park

1
night
Uvita

Uvita ©
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 26th (Fri), stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, head outdoors with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oro Verde Biological Reserve.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Uvita trip maker .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store
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