11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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San Jose

— 1 night
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, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then take 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, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Maria Auxiliadora, then take 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 10-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 79°F and lows reach 65°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

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Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities 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 shuttle; or take a bus. 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 · Wildlife
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 nights
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 Tabacon Hot Springs. 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, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling 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

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Monteverde

— 2 nights
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, then kick 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 bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
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Tamarindo

— 2 nights
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 do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.