11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h 45​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Poas Volcano National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: Chicago

2
nights
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 15th (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in February; daily highs in Manuel Antonio reach 79°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

4
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and stroll through Ecocentro Danaus.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 20:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde online tour planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 22:
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

few
hours
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
On the 22nd (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Poas Volcano National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in February, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Nature, #Parks
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 23:
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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 23rd (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then stroll through Playa Avellana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tamarindo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Poas Volcano National Park in February, with highs in Tamarindo at 93°F and lows at 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 24:
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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