11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Mal Pais
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ecological Sanctuary and Souvenir Rosewood. Go for a jaunt from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos to see Spas & Wellness about 1h 20 min away. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary builder.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mal Pais.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Spas & Wellness
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Spas & Wellness

4
nights
Mal Pais

Mal Pais ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas & Wellness and La Escuela Del Sol. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mal Pais: Curu National Wildlife Refuge (in Nicoya) and Montezuma (Costa Rica Color, Montezuma Falls, & more).

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Mal Pais holiday planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Mal Pais by car takes about 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Mal Pais

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Montezuma, La Escuela Del Sol, Curu National Wildlife Refuge
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Curu National Wildlife Refuge ©
Curu National Wildlife Refuge
Spas & Wellness

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.
On the 20th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. On your second day here, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, then explore and take pictures at Kingpin Sportfishing, and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo vacation planner.

You can drive from Mal Pais to Tamarindo in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Kingpin Sportfishing ©
Kingpin Sportfishing

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral and then sample the tasty concoctions at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co..

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Jose vacation builder.

You can fly from Tamarindo to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Tamarindo in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Jose: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

#Breweries, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles), Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral
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