11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Toronto
Fly + Shuttle:  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 reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo online trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches Parks Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, then kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde day trip planning site.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 Tours

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 wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero road trip site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
On the 24th (Tue), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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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.
On the 25th (Wed), examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then take an in-depth tour of 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.

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Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In March in San Jose, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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