11 days in Costa Rica & Aruba Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica & Aruba Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
2
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 1 day
4
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
5
Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
— 2 nights

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
Attractions like La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from the city and head to Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, and browse the exhibits of Wood & Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Oranjestad, Aruba to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Oranjestad to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
day
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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 12th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

2
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

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.
On the 13th (Sat), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Monteverde tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Palm - Eagle Beach.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond

2
nights
Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba

Palm - Eagle Beach ©
A long stretch of powdery white sand and aquamarine waters, Palm - Eagle Beach remains one of Aruba's most visited vacation spots.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Eagle Beach and Arashi Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Palm Beach and Donkey Sanctuary Aruba. Go for a jaunt from Palm - Eagle Beach to San Nicolas to see Baby Beach about 48 minutes away.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Palm - Eagle Beach trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Monteverde to Palm - Eagle Beach in 9.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Palm - Eagle Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, Baby Beach, Arashi Beach
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Eagle Beach ©
Eagle Beach
Baby Beach ©
Baby Beach
Palm Beach ©
Palm Beach

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