11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Newark
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
Newark

1
day
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 5th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

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Newark, USA to Vara Blanca is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Vara Blanca is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Newark in October: high temperatures in Vara Blanca hover around 80°F and lows are around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): look for gifts at Super Joseth, then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On your second day here, look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in October, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness

4
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, have fun at Perdido Springs, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online itinerary planner .

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
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 12th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde visit planner .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

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Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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 13th (Sat): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, look for gifts at Diamante Boutique, and then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. On the 15th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
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Playa Avellana

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