11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Liberia
1
Liberia
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Nuevo Arenal
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Mal Pais
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
San Jose
— 1 night
End: San Jose

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hours
Liberia

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Liberia visit planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport and Tobias Bolanos International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nuevo Arenal.

Things to do in Liberia

#Tours, #Adventure, #Wildlife
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Zipline

3
nights
Nuevo Arenal

Nuevo Arenal ©
Nuevo Arenal is a town and district in Tilarán Canton in the Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory and then explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nuevo Arenal driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Liberia to Nuevo Arenal takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Nuevo Arenal

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Venado Caves, Cataratas Viento Fresco, Middle Earth Thermal Springs
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves

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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 29th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Wild Hikes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip tool .

Drive from Nuevo Arenal to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 82°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Mal Pais.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Monteverde Wild Hikes ©
Monteverde Wild Hikes
Spas & Wellness

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Mal Pais

Mal Pais ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Montezuma and then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Costa Rica Color and then identify plant and animal life at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mal Pais day trip app .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Mal Pais takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Mal Pais

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trip

Montezuma
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Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner .

Getting from Mal Pais to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Toucan Rescue Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co..

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Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in San Jose sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Breweries, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Toucan Rescue Ranch
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
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