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
Drive:  1​h
1
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
3
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
End: San Jose

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens and then look for all kinds of wild species at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park trip itinerary planner.

San Jose to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

4
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 Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) and River Rafting & Tubing. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, hike along Ecocentro Danaus, and look for all kinds of wild species at Proyecto Asis.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip planning website .

Getting from Poas Volcano National Park to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

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
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 20th (Wed), kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo tour itinerary builder site .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

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 22nd (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Frog Pond.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

San Luis Waterfall
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

1
night
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 (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing

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