11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
5
Playa Hermosa
— 1 night
6
Tamarindo
— 1 night

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Toronto, Canada to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On the next day, stroll through Bogarin Trail, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, and then admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos route planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then look for gifts at The Captain's Booty. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Spas
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, and finally explore the galleries of Alas y Raices.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde attractions planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond

1
night
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa, located in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, is a popular beach and beach-front resort town.People who visit Playa Hermosa can indulge in swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, sport fishing or sailing.Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Province is not to be confused with Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas Province. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Hermosa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Playa Hermosa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

Outdoors · Spas · Beaches

Side Trip

Playas del Coco
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
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 6th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo attractions website.

You can drive from Playa Hermosa to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Spas
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Spas

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