11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Corpus Christi
Fly + Drive:  12 h
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Corpus Christi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online trip planner.

Corpus Christi, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Zipline
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and Galeria Estudio. Step out of the city life by going to La Fortuna Waterfall and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, and get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip site.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

1
night
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 22nd (Sun), take a memorable tour with Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Observatorio.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planning site.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Nature Observatorio
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and Museo Nacional De Costa Rica. Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Iglesia La Soledad will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and look for gifts at Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose itinerary builder.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in March, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings
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Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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