11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h 15​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
3
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  8​h
End: Montreal

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Uvita Beach and Playa Manuel Antonio. Get in touch with nature at Hacienda Baru and Nature & Wildlife Tours. It doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online itinerary planner .

Montreal, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Montreal in February: high temperatures in Manuel Antonio hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Cap off 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

Side Trips

Uvita Beach, Hacienda Baru
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Butterfly Conservatory and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Get in touch with nature at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Tabacon Hot Springs. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, and then stroll through Playa Avellana.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo itinerary planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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