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
shuttle:  3​h 30​min
Tortuguero
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Vara Blanca
— Few hours
+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
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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 18th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

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San Jose to Tortuguero is an approximately 3.5-hour shuttle ride. In February in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tamarindo.

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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 19th (Mon): stop by Azul Profundo Boutique and then get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tamarindo day trip tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Tortuguero to Tamarindo in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, flight, and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tortuguero in February; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 39°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

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Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Bolas Locas Mini Golf ©
Bolas Locas Mini Golf

few
hours
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.
On the 21st (Wed), stroll through La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Vara Blanca trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Vara Blanca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tamarindo in February, expect Vara Blanca to be little chillier, temps between 34°C and 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): stroll through Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the next day, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio holiday planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Vara Blanca in February: highs in Manuel Antonio hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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, parks, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
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 27th (Tue), meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood. Keep things going the next day: stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip site .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Zipline
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

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