11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  29 h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Mon), look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery

1
night
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 30th (Tue), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
day
Tortuguero

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 1st (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tortuguero tour builder site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca) and Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Tortuguero in May since evenings lows in San Jose dip to 22°C. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

J.LANG Atelier & Showroom, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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