11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Bajos del Toro
— 1 day
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
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Tenorio Volcano National Park
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Drake Bay
— 3 nights
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Bajos del Toro — 1 day

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then get outside with Parque Recreativo Los Manantiales.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read Bajos del Toro itinerary planner.

San Jose to Bajos del Toro is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In January, daily temperatures in Bajos del Toro can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, stroll through Bogarin Trail, then take in nature's colorful creations at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip app.

You can drive from Bajos del Toro to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tenorio Volcano National Park.
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Tenorio Volcano National Park — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tenorio National Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Celeste.

For maps and more tourist information, refer to the Tenorio Volcano National Park route planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tenorio Volcano National Park takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Monteverde.
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Valle Escondido Nature Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Cataratas Llanos de Cortes and San Luis Waterfall. When in Monteverde, make a side trip to see Sustainability Demonstration Center in Guacimal, approximately Guacimal away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, stroll through Aguti Monteverde - Wildlife Reserve, surround yourself with nature on Monteverde Nature Guided Tours, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Monteverde Massage.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde road trip tool.

Getting from Tenorio Volcano National Park to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Drake Bay.
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Drake Bay — 3 nights

Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Cano Island. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Playa San Josecito. Step out of Drake Bay with an excursion to Corcovado National Park in Carate--about 1h 5 min away.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Drake Bay tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Drake Bay by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Tue).
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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.