11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Boston
Fly:  10​h 30​min
Nicoya
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
ferry:  3​h 30​min
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+3
bus + shuttle + Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
Boston

2
days
Nicoya

Nicoya ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Bernabela Ramos and then look for all kinds of wild species at El Viejo Wetlands. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manzanillo and then stroll through Puerto Carrillo.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nicoya itinerary maker app

Boston, USA to Nicoya is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Nicoya is minus 1 hour. In July, Nicoya is a bit warmer than Boston - with highs of 91°F and lows of 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Nicoya

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Parque Bernabela Ramos, El Viejo Wetlands
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Puerto Carrillo ©
Puerto Carrillo
Playa Manzanillo ©
Playa Manzanillo
Parque Bernabela Ramos ©
Parque Bernabela Ramos

3
days
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Butterfly Conservatory and Paradise Hot Springs. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, and identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip planner

You can drive from Nicoya to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

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Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

1
day
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 8th (Sun), stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio travel website

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. July in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Spas & Wellness
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

2
days
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stop by Tica Surf Bikinis, then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, and then kick back and relax at Playa Carmen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Costa Rica Color and then identify plant and animal life at Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Santa Teresa travel route planner

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Montezuma
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Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa

2
days
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): take a memorable tour with Tours and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, stop by Papaya Con Leche, and then stroll through Playa Avellana.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary planning website

Drive from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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