11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
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San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h
5
San Jose
— 1 day
End: San Jose

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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.
Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to San Jose fast, fun, and easy.

Seattle, USA to San Jose is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to San Jose is 2 hours. Traveling from Seattle in March, things will get much hotter in San Jose: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. You'll set off for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Anywhere Costa Rica - Day Tours. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), and trot along with a tour on horseback.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour planning site .

Drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Monteverde.

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
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

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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 21st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

Before you visit Monteverde, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games
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Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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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 19th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio day trip planning app .

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

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San Jose

San Jose ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): walk around Parque La Sabana.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Vara Blanca to San Jose takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks
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Parque La Sabana ©
Parque La Sabana

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