11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Jose
— 1 night
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, stop by Va de nuevo, thentake an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, thentake an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, thentake in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and finally see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose online holiday planner.

Denver, USA to San Jose is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Denver in February; daily highs in San Jose reach °F and lows reach °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Cartago
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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 24th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For photos and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio online trip builder.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at La Fortuna Waterfall and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos and Onirica Art Gallery. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Ecological Sanctuary, thenkick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then examine the collection at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde road trip website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then stroll through Playa Avellana.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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