11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Mobile
Fly + bus + shuttle:  11​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi + bus:  3​h 15​min
Uvita
— 1 night
bus + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  11​h
Mobile

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Ecocentro Danaus, then admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Mobile, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11.5-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 travel to Uvita.

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Uvita online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Uvita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

2
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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.
On the 5th (Thu), admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) and then stop by Hummingbird Gallery.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde trip tool .

Do a combination of bus and shuttle from Uvita to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

2
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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 7th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

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. Expect a daytime high around 95°F in April, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Spas & Wellness
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

1
day
Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco ©
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 9th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. April in Playas del Coco sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 73°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Adventure

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving
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Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

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