11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Boston
+3
foot + Fly + shuttle + bus:  11​h 30​min
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Vara Blanca
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
End: Boston

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, then stop by Diamante Boutique, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To see reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo driving holiday planning website .

Boston, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In April, Tamarindo is much hotter than Boston - with highs of 95°F and lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Azul Profundo Boutique ©
Azul Profundo Boutique

few
hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Vara Blanca trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In April, Vara Blanca is little chillier than Tamarindo - with highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

3
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 13th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the next day, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio tour planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time 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
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Baldi Hot Springs. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

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)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, 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 19th (Thu): stop by Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Monteverde road trip website .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. On the 20th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Zipline
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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