11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  11​h 45​min
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Playa Conchal
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Columbus

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Vara Blanca online trip planner .

Columbus, USA to Vara Blanca is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Vara Blanca can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

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Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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 11th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. On your second day here, stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then look for all kinds of wild species at MidWorld Costa Rica.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour site .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stop by Souvenir Rosewood. Keep things going the next day: stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Monteverde online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Playa Conchal.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Adventure
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Zipline
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

2
nights
Playa Conchal

Playa Conchal ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): stroll through Playa Avellana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then stop by Guaitil Pottery Studio.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Conchal trip planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Playa Conchal in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. July in Playa Conchal sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 74°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Playa Conchal

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Tamarindo, Playa Avellana
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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