11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Alajuela
— 1 night
Drive
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Chachagua
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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El Castillo
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Ferry
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
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Alajuela

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: stroll through La Marina Wildlife Rescue Center and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Alajuela visit planner.

Panama City, Panama to Alajuela is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Panama City to Alajuela, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chachagua.

Things to do in Alajuela

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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Chachagua

— 1 night
To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chachagua trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Alajuela to Chachagua takes an hour. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Chachagua

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano. And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, and trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning tool.

La Fortuna de San Carlos is very close to Chachagua. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to El Castillo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

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El Castillo

— 1 night
On the 16th (Sun), stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Arenal Eco Zoo, and then get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the El Castillo tour planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to El Castillo in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in El Castillo

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Monteverde journey maker website.

Traveling by car from El Castillo to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping
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Santa Teresa

— 1 night
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 19th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa, then kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santa Teresa road trip planning app.

Getting from Monteverde to Santa Teresa by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the ferry to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
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Getting from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio by ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. On the 20th (Thu), you're off to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure
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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 20th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Jose trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in San Jose are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

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Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.