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
bus + taxi:  3​h 30​min
1
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Poas Volcano National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: San Jose

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tortuguero trip planner .

San Jose to Tortuguero is an approximately 3.5-hour shuttle ride. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in February, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 27:
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): stop by Azul Profundo Boutique and then get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo holiday builder tool .

Getting from Tortuguero to Tamarindo by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, flight, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Tortuguero in February; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 39°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Bolas Locas Mini Golf ©
Bolas Locas Mini Golf

few
hours
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tamarindo in March, with highs in Poas Volcano National Park at 34°C and lows at 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Parks, #Nature
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 2:
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Poas Volcano
Poas 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 2nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then see MidWorld Costa Rica.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Poas Volcano National Park in March: highs in Manuel Antonio hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
Find places to stay Mar 1 — 3:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

4
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, take a memorable tour with Tours, and hike along Ecocentro Danaus.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online tour itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
Find places to stay Mar 3 — 7:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
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 7th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stop by Souvenir Rosewood. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Monteverde holiday planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 8:
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Zipline
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

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