11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Lisbon
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Herradura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  17​h 45​min
Lisbon

1
day
Herradura

On the 26th (Thu), stop by The Costa Rica Coffee Experience, look for all kinds of wild species at Bridge Over Rio Tarcoles, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Herradura trip builder .

Lisbon, Portugal to Herradura is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Herradura

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors

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Tarcoles, The Costa Rica Coffee Experience
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The Costa Rica Coffee Experience ©
The Costa Rica Coffee Experience

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, stroll through Rainmaker Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda Baru.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planning site .

You can drive from Herradura to Manuel Antonio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Hacienda Baru, Rainmaker Park
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Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
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Hacienda Baru

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 29th (Sun): stroll through Ecocentro Danaus, then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)

2
days
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 1st (Tue), explore and take pictures at Kingpin Sportfishing and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo route planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Spas

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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Kingpin Sportfishing ©
Kingpin Sportfishing

2
days
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 3rd (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Playas del Coco trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors

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Zipline
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Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

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