11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Brussels
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  19​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Santa Teresa
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
bus + Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
shuttle + bus + Fly:  18​h 45​min
Brussels

2
days
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 4th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, then stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond and then take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk.

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Brussels, Belgium to Monteverde is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

1
day
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

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Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Azul Profundo Boutique ©
Azul Profundo Boutique

few
hours
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.
To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Santa Teresa day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

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

2
days
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 8th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and finally make a trip to Mercado Nacional de Artesanias. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

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Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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Precolumbian Gold Museum ©
Precolumbian Gold Museum
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

1
day
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.
On the 10th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio travel route builder app .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. 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 11th (Sun) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours and then admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route builder .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
River Rafting & Tubing

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