11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: New York City
Fly:  12 h
1
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Tortuguero
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11 h 15 min
End: New York City

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde itinerary planning tool.

New York City, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Zipline
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio travel planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding

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.
On the 10th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

3
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: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and get a dose of the wild on Ecocentro Danaus.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
On the 14th (Thu), admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Poas Volcano.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Poas Volcano National Park road trip site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Vara Blanca
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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