11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Heredia
bus + Fly + taxi:  1​h
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + bus:  1​h
Heredia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Playa Hermosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Heredia

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 21st (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Naturalist Michael Araya Flores.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio itinerary planner .

Heredia to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 1-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. In January in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Heredia.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Naturalist Michael Araya Flores
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1
day
Heredia

Heredia ©
Heredia is a city in the Heredia province of Costa Rica, of which it is the capital; it is 10 kilometers to the north of the country's capital, San José.The city is home to one of the largest colleges in Costa Rica, the National University of Costa Rica, which accepts many international students. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Museo de Cultura Popular, tee off at Tee Times Costa Rica Golf Tours, and then make a trip to Mercado KM0.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Heredia road trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Manuel Antonio to Heredia in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Heredia can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Heredia

#Golf, #Outdoors, #Tours

Side Trip

Escazu
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Museo de Cultura Popular ©
Museo de Cultura Popular

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 23rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Up in the Cloud Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Valle Escondido Preserve, and then stop by Souvenir Rosewood.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde holiday planner .

Drive from Heredia to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Souvenir Rosewood ©
Souvenir Rosewood
Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve

2
days
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): stop by Sea Hag Clothing. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, then have some family-friendly fun at Hacienda El Roble & Adventure Center, and then identify plant and animal life at El Viejo Wetlands.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Playa Hermosa travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Playa Hermosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. January in Playa Hermosa sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Hacienda El Roble & Adventure Center, El Viejo Wetlands, Hidden Garden Art Gallery
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Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery
Hacienda El Roble & Adventure Center ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts

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 28th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and then take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Playa Hermosa to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano National Park, Butterfly Conservatory
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Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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