11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h
End: Washington DC

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.
Family-friendly places like La Fortuna Waterfall and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours will thrill your kids. Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

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Washington DC, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks Wildlife
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2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then stop by The Captain's Booty.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip maker tool.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

The Captain's Booty
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
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 7th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

San Luis Waterfall
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monkey Park, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Monkey Park ©
Monkey Park

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