11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Birmingham
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  12​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
Birmingham

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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will get you outdoors. Take a break from La Fortuna de San Carlos with a short trip to Catedral de Ciudad Quesada in Quesada, about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, look for gifts at Souvenir Leo, and shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour website .

Birmingham, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

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Catedral de Ciudad Quesada
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

3
days
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Santa Elena Skywalk and Ecological Sanctuary. Escape the urban bustle at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, and identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde online trip maker .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

3
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz. Visiting Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and MidWorld Costa Rica will get you outdoors. Step out of Manuel Antonio with an excursion to Rainmaker Park in Parrita--about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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Rainmaker Park
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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