11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Baltimore
Fly:  14​h
1
Rincon de La Vieja
— 1 night
taxi + bus:  6​h 15​min
2
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
El Castillo
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Nosara
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Baltimore

1
night
Rincon de La Vieja

Rincon de La Vieja
Food Tours has been added to your itinerary. On the 19th (Sat), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Rincon de La Vieja trip itinerary planner.

Baltimore, USA to Rincon de La Vieja is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Baltimore to Rincon de La Vieja is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Baltimore in August, Rincon de La Vieja is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Rincon de La Vieja

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Irazu Volcano National Park, Central Market (Mercado Central) and El Toledo Coffee Tour. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): relax in the rural setting at El Toledo Coffee Tour and then find something for the whole family at Pueblo Antiguo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central).

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose vacation builder.

Baltimore, USA to San Jose is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Baltimore to San Jose is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Baltimore in August, plan for a bit cooler days in San Jose, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to El Castillo.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Irazu Volcano National Park, El Toledo Coffee Tour
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El Toledo Coffee Tour ©
El Toledo Coffee Tour
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park
Pueblo Antiguo ©
Pueblo Antiguo

few
hours
El Castillo

El Castillo
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read El Castillo trip planner.

Drive from San Jose to El Castillo in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in El Castillo

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 23rd (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Ecological Sanctuary, then look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and then admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip builder.

Getting from El Castillo to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

2
nights
Tamarindo

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 25th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Potrero Beach and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Playa Avellana.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo itinerary builder website .

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nosara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Potrero Beach
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

2
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife and then enjoy the sand and surf at San Juanillo Beach. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Werner Sauter Biological Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at dondeJavitours.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nosara online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Nosara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Samara, San Juanillo Beach
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San Juanillo Beach ©
San Juanillo Beach
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
dondeJavitours ©
dondeJavitours

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