11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary builder

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San Jose
— 2 nights
Taxi to Las Juntas, Bus to Gulf of Papagayo
Gulf of Papagayo
— 4 nights
— 3 nights
— 1 day


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.
To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Jose trip app.

Charleston, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Charleston to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks
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— 2 nights
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 12th (Wed), stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. On the next day, stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Monteverde road trip tool.

Drive from San Jose to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Gulf of Papagayo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

Gulf of Papagayo

— 4 nights
A concerted development project by the government given Gulf of Papagayo a growing number of luxury and all inclusive resort complexes and turned it into one of the country's leading holiday destinations.
Gulf of Papagayo is known for adventure, nightlife, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, play a few rounds at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica Golf Course, look for gifts at Cata Chocolate, and get outside with Crazy Alex CR.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Gulf of Papagayo travel planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Monteverde to Gulf of Papagayo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Gulf of Papagayo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 18:


— 3 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Make your Tamarindo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a bus from Gulf of Papagayo to Tamarindo in 2 hours. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Liberia.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 18 — 21:


— 1 day

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the sheer force of Cataratas Llanos de Cortes, then stop by Souvenirs La gran Nicoya, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally view the masterpieces at Costa Rica'n Art Craft.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Liberia online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Liberia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

Costa Rica travel guide

Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.