11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Lisbon
Fly + Drive:  17 h 30 min
1
Vara Blanca
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Lisbon

1
day
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 14th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca online trip builder.

Lisbon, Portugal to Vara Blanca is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Lisbon to Vara Blanca due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife
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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 La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning app.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

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
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Dolores Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo driving holiday planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
nights
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 21st (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then stroll through Playa Biesanz.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

The Captain's Booty
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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