11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Manuel Antonio
— 1 day
2
Turrialba
— 1 night
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
6
Tamarindo
— 2 nights

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 10th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planning app.

San Jose to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Turrialba.

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

1
night
Turrialba

Turrialba ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Guayabo National Monument.

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Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Turrialba takes 4.5 hours. In March in Turrialba, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Turrialba

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Guayabo National Monument ©
Guayabo National Monument

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 12th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Turrialba to Tortuguero in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, surround yourself with nature on Ecocentro Danaus, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs.

To find out how to plan a trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive 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
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

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 16th (Sat), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Frog Pond, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, thenkick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally meet the residents at The Bat Jungle.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde road trip website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
nights
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 18th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo road trip tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
EK Art Jewelry ©
EK Art Jewelry

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