11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + shuttle:  10​h 45​min
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Turrialba
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Toronto

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.
On the 17th (Sat), look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at The Bat Jungle and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde holiday website .

Toronto, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

1
night
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): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio journey planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In February in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Turrialba.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Adventure Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
On the 24th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Guayabo National Park and Monument.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Turrialba road trip planner .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Turrialba in 4.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Turrialba are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Turrialba

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Guayabo National Park and Monument ©
Guayabo National Park and Monument

2
nights
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.
On the 25th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Namu, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum (Museo Nacional), and finally look for gifts at Chieton Moren. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose driving holiday planner .

Drive from Turrialba to San Jose in 2 hours. In February in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping
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National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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