11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
5
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
6
San Jose
— 2 nights

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2
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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 27th (Fri): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

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San Francisco, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Monteverde. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
El Trapiche Tour ©
El Trapiche Tour

3
nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planning site.

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 2nd (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero road trip planning website.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in December, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
night
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 3rd (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tarantulas Way and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trip

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

2
nights
San Jose

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, sample some tasty brews at Carpe Chepe, and then view the masterpieces at Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in San Jose are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Nightlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:
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Carpe Chepe ©
Carpe Chepe
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Photography Tours

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