11 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  10 h 30 min
1
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
+3
Shuttle + Bus + Foot + Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Boston, United States

1
night
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 28th (Sat), take a memorable tour with Tours, see Off-Road Tours, and then look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura, then kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner.

Boston, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 12- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Off-Road Tours

1
night
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and then whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read San Juan del Sur road trip planning website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to San Juan del Sur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in March, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Adventure Tours Outdoors
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Zipline
Spas & Wellness
Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia ©

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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.
On the 31st (Tue), take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Drive from San Juan del Sur to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

2
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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 2nd (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then explore the striking landscape of Manuel Antonio National Park, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Discover how to plan a Manuel Antonio trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Spas
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Walking tours
Spas

3
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

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 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and then take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip builder site.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

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