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:  2​h 45​min
3
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Vara Blanca
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tortuguero trip app .

San Jose to Tortuguero is an approximately 3.5-hour shuttle ride. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Tortuguero

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature
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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 5th (Thu): stop by Azul Profundo Boutique and then have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo route builder 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. Traveling from Tortuguero in July, expect Tamarindo to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stop by Tica Surf Bikinis and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca online vacation planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Parks, #Nature
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf 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 more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio road trip website .

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, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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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.
On the 11th (Wed), admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip site .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings 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. Keep things going the next day: stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip builder website .

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 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

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

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