11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Jerusalem
Fly:  22​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 1 night
bus + shuttle:  3​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
+4
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly + bus:  23​h 15​min
Jerusalem

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, then trek along Ecocentro Danaus, and finally view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): Head underground at Venado Caves and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning site .

Jerusalem, Israel to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jerusalem to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 8 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Venado Caves, Butterfly Conservatory
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Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
days
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.
On the 6th (Sun), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): take a memorable tour with Tours, relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio itinerary planning tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Zipline
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Zipline

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.
On the 8th (Tue), get a taste of the local shopping with Magic Ananda, stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Uvita trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Magic Ananda ©
Magic Ananda

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): stop by Hummingbird Gallery, then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and finally snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planning website .

You can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

1
day
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 11th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Playas del Coco day trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. May in Playas del Coco sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trip

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

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