11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Horseback Riding Tours, Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park and Lake Arenal. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, head outdoors with El Salto, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker tool.

Cleveland, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. On the 24th (Wed), you'll travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

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Monteverde

— 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ficus Trails, Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas) and El Trapiche Tour. On the 24th (Wed), look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ficus Trails. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and then experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde visit planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nightlife · Outdoors
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Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Playa Guiones, Lazy Lizard Sailing and Iguana Surf. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stroll through Playa Guiones, then get up close to creatures of the deep with Lazy Lizard Sailing, and then stroll through Playa Conchal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf and then see Iguana Surf.

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Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.