11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
1
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
3
Quepos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: San Jose

4
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Explore hidden gems such as SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Papaya Con Leche. Go for a jaunt from Tamarindo to Playa Samara to see Barrigona Beach about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Kingpin Sportfishing, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry, and browse the fresh offerings at Tamarindo Farmers Market.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo day trip website .

San Jose to Tamarindo is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Side Trips

Barrigona Beach, SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique

2
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
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 8th (Sun), stop by Tica Surf Bikinis and then step off the mainland to explore Isla de Cabuya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Carmen.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can ride a ferry to Quepos.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

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Side Trip

Isla de Cabuya
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Isla de Cabuya ©
Isla de Cabuya
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

3
nights
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. Pack the 11th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Rancho Tipico Don Juan. There's still lots to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Quepos online visit planner .

Ride a ferry from Santa Teresa to Quepos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Quepos

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Side Trip

Manuel Antonio
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Rancho Tipico Don Juan ©
Rancho Tipico Don Juan

1
night
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): trek along Ecocentro Danaus, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Quepos to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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