11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Playa Flamingo
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Playa Flamingo
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Fly

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Playa Flamingo — 1 night

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
On the 21st (Tue), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Playa Flamingo trip itinerary maker website.

San Francisco, USA to Playa Flamingo is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Playa Flamingo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.
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Monteverde — 1 night

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 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Monteverde itinerary tool.

You can drive from Playa Flamingo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Jaco.
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Jaco — 1 night

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see Off-Road Tours and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jaco day trip planning site.

Getting from Monteverde to Jaco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 2 nights

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 (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then see what you can catch with Jackpot Sport Fishing.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Fortuna Waterfall and River Rafting & Tubing. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online itinerary planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Thu).
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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