11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Tobías Bolaños International Airport, Drive to Manuel Antonio
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Manuel Antonio
Drive
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Carara
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 5 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Newark

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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.
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Newark, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Manuel Antonio. You will leave for Carara on the 15th (Mon).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Carara

— 1 night
To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Carara driving holiday planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Carara in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Carara

Nature · Parks
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Monteverde

— 3 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.
Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Carara to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Tamarindo

— 5 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tamarindo: Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, see Off-Road Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Tamarindo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. You will leave for home on the 24th (Wed).

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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.