11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  11​h
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 1 day
bus:  3​h
6
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Toronto

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo online trip builder .

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

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.
On the 18th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then admire the masterpieces at Monteverde Chorotega Arts & Crafts. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Ecological Sanctuary, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip planner .

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks Adventure
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Zipline
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take a memorable tour with Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, and explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner .

Getting from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

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
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Tortuguero trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
day
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 24th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read San Jose online road trip planner .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. March in San Jose sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
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Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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