11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Winnipeg
Fly + shuttle + bus:  13​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Dominical
— 1 night
bus + taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Playas del Coco
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  13​h 45​min
Winnipeg

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, stop by Papaya Con Leche, then admire all the interesting features of Kingpin Sportfishing, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo sightseeing planner.

Winnipeg, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Winnipeg in February, with highs in Tamarindo at 39°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Spas

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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
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Kingpin Sportfishing

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Santa Elena Skywalk and Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas). Take a break from Monteverde with a short trip to Viento Fresco Waterfall in Tilaran, about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde travel planning site .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dominical.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

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Viento Fresco Waterfall
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Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

1
day
Dominical

Dominical ©
The laid back beachfront town of Dominical has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a surfer haunt of some repute.
On the 2nd (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda Baru and then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see reviews and tourist information, you can read our Dominical online trip maker .

You can do a combination of shuttle and bus from Monteverde to Dominical in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Dominical

#Wildlife, #Adventure, #Tours
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Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, then identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Eco Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Ecocentro Danaus, then head outdoors with Canopy San Luis, then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and finally take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Dominical to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

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El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

few
hours
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 5th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Playas del Coco tour planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Adventure, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Shark Diving
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

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