11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  5​h 45​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Monteverde
— Few hours
shuttle:  1​h
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  9​h
End: Fort Lauderdale

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and finally shop like a local with Galeria Namu.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the San Jose attractions planner .

Fort Lauderdale, USA to San Jose is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in San Jose are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral
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3
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 (Mon): get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf. On the next day, choose your vessel at Costa Rica Sailing Center, then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and then view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

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Traveling by flight from San Jose to Tamarindo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. While traveling from San Jose, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tamarindo, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Costa Rica Sailing Center, Playa Hermosa, Barra Honda National Park, Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Costa Rica Sailing Center ©
Costa Rica Sailing Center
Barra Honda National Park ©
Barra Honda National Park

few
hours
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 8th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Theme Park, and then view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planning website .

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Arte Jaguar Gallery ©
Arte Jaguar Gallery

2
nights
Jaco

Jaco ©
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, look for gifts at Carton the Surf Shop, and then stroll through Palo Seco Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jaco Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaco route planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Jaco by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Jaco

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding, Palo Seco Beach
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Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

1
night
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 (Sun), trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, then take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Wood and Art Gallery. On your second day here, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder app .

Getting from Jaco to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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