11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Mobile
Fly:  11​h
1
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Mobile

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 1st (Sun), look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

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Mobile, USA to Vara Blanca is an approximately 11-hour flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mobile in March; daily highs in Vara Blanca reach 85°F and lows reach 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): stroll through Playa Biesanz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio travel route website .

Getting from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. April in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

5
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 outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, stroll through Ecocentro Danaus, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

1
night
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 8th (Sun): stroll through The Bat Jungle, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stop by Souvenir Rosewood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Monteverde driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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