Costa Rica 11-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 33 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Costa Rica.

With 11 days, travelers can experience Costa Rica from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. Take advantage of the country's excellent shared shuttle services, and you can visit up to 3 different regions. Adrenaline seekers can head inland to Turrialba for whitewater rafting and canyoning before making your way to the little-known surf town of Dominical. Or catch a flight to Tortuguero or the Osa Peninsula for unparalleled wildlife viewing—in 11 days, you can easily pair either with classic Costa Rica highlights like Arenal Volcano and the Monteverde Cloud Forest. 

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A capuchin monkey in Manuel Antonio National Park
Map of Costa Rica Highlights: Self-Drive Adventure - 11 Days
Costa Rica Highlights: Self-Drive Adventure - 11 Days

This self-guided road trip is ideal for those who love adventure. Visit Costa Rica's highlights, from the famous Arenal Volcano to the misty cloud forests of Monteverde and powdery beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. Along the way, you'll fly over the treetops on a zip line tour, swim in waterfall lagoons, and spot wildlife on nature walks and snorkeling excursions.

Tortuguero National Park
Map of Costa Rica's Essentials - 11 Days
Costa Rica's Essentials - 11 Days

This 11-day itinerary allows you to enjoy a comprehensive Costa Rican experience that will take you from the Caribbean to the Pacific coast and everything in between. Beyond the virgin rainforest and exotic wildlife, however, you'll also get to experience Costa Rica through its delicious flavors, be it local cuisine or the famed coffee grown in its volcanic soil.

Arenal Volcano in the Sunset
Map of Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio Self-Drive - 11 Days
Arenal, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio Self-Drive - 11 Days

This itinerary combines mountain excursions with a bit of a beach holiday and some aquatic adventure. You'll arrive in Liberia, the hub of Costa Rica's Guanacaste Province. From there, drive to Arenal Volcano National Park, where you'll hike to a waterfall, relax in natural hot springs, and raft world-class whitewater. Then it's west to the Monteverde to see the cloud forest canopy via suspension bridges and a zip-line tour. A drive south will take you to Manuel Antonio, a unique destination with a combination of the beach, jungle and national park. After a couple days enjoying the beach and wildlife in Manuel Antonio, you'll return to San Jose for your journey home.

Ride the waves at sunset
Map of Coast to Coast Family Adventure - 11 Days
Coast to Coast Family Adventure - 11 Days

Experience the best Costa Rica has to offer on this family-friendly 11-day adventure. You'll watch sea turtles on the Caribbean beaches of Tortuguero National Park, hike around Arenal Volcano, zip-line through the cloud forest of Monteverde, and finally relax on the remote, Pacific beaches of Guanacaste. Along the way, you'll make your own hot chocolate and coffee from bean to cup, spot monkeys in the wild, swim under a waterfall—and maybe even catch a wave.

Enjoy off-the-beaten-path road tripping in Costa Rica
Map of Self-Drive Luxury Beach and Volcano Adventure - 11 days
Self-Drive Luxury Beach and Volcano Adventure - 11 days

Time to hit the open road and enjoy the wonders of Costa Rica on this 11-day self-drive tour. Your adventure begins on the Pacific beaches of Tamarindo and Nosara, both gems of Costa Rica's Guanacaste Province. On top of exploring and surfing these beaches, you'll make pit stops in coastal villages and glean insight into the local culture. Continue your journey eastward to the towering Arenal Volcano. Here you will soak in natural hot springs and brave whitewater rapids on a rafting trip.

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Map of The Ultimate Costa Rican Birding Roadtrip - 11 Days
The Ultimate Costa Rican Birding Roadtrip - 11 Days

Costa Rica is a Mecca for bird lovers. Here there are around 850 species of not only endemic birds but also migratory birds that arrive from throughout the hemisphere. Over 11 days you'll view many of these exotic species as you travel to remote rainforests, national parks, biological research centers, and even birding hotspots on Costa Rica's stunning Pacific coast.

Bicycle by the beach in Puerto Viejo
Map of Caribbean Coast Adventure Tour - 11 Days
Caribbean Coast Adventure Tour - 11 Days

On this 11-day trip, you will experience the best of the country's tropical flora and fauna. From rainforest hikes to snorkeling in coral reefs.  This itinerary is ideal for travelers going to Costa Rica during the "green season" (May - November), as the Caribbean coast stays relatively dry during these rainy months. It's also the best time to see turtles nesting on the beaches in Tortuguero National Park (July-October).

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Map of Volcanoes, Cloud Forests & the Pacific Coast - 11 Days
Volcanoes, Cloud Forests & the Pacific Coast - 11 Days

This 11-day itinerary combines mountain adventures with beaches, starting in Rincón de la Vieja to explore the environs of one of the country's most active volcanoes. Then travel deeper inland to spend a few days crossing suspension bridges, ziplining over trees, and hiking through the jungles of La Fortuna and the Monteverde Cloud Forest. More than stunning white-sand beaches, you'll end your trip in Manuel Antonio National Park, rich in biodiversity and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Sunset on Playa Dominical
Map of Costa Rica's Wild South - 11 Days
Costa Rica's Wild South - 11 Days

If you prefer an active holiday in the great outdoors amid exotic wildlife, then this is the trip for you. Over 11 days of travel throughout Costa Rica, you'll indulge in almost every activity the country is famous for. This includes zip-line tours, canyoning, horseback rides, rafting trips, and kayak excursions. All in all, this itinerary packs 10 vacations worth of experiences into just 11 days.

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Map of Luxury in Northern Costa Rica: Volcanoes & Pacific Beaches - 11 Days
Luxury in Northern Costa Rica: Volcanoes & Pacific Beaches - 11 Days

The secret to a perfect tropical vacation involves the right balance of luxury and adventure. On this 11-day tour of Costa Rica's north, you'll visit rainforests, rivers, and waterfalls by day, and relax in the hot springs of luxury hotels by night. Then you'll head west to the beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula and enjoy adventures like snorkeling around coral reefs and horseback riding on beaches at sunset.  

Yoga lessons
Map of Nature & Yoga in Costa Rica: Tortuguero, Arenal, & the Pacific - 11 Days
Nature & Yoga in Costa Rica: Tortuguero, Arenal, & the Pacific - 11 Days

This fantastic 11-day itinerary includes many of Costa Rica's greatest hits. You will venture into some of the country's most beautiful national parks to enjoy hikes, relax in hot springs, go on beach excursions, spot wildlife, and more. In this trip, you won't just be looking outwards, but also inwards, with wellness activities and yoga lessons. Waking up to the sound of waves and trying new poses with the Pacific Ocean in the backdrop will help you be even more mindful during this unique experience.

Surf until sunset on Costa Rica's west coast
Map of Nicoya Peninsula Surf Adventure - 11 Days
Nicoya Peninsula Surf Adventure - 11 Days

You'll travel to three of the best places in Costa Rica to ride the waves on this 11-day trip.  Start in Jacó, one of the most renowned surf spots in Costa Rica. Then, head to Playa Santa Teresa, home to major surf competitions and some of the most consistent waves in the country. End the adventure in Playa Tamarindo for surf days that end with glorious Pacific Coast sunsets. You'll also have time to relax on the beach and explore the country's vast wildlife.

Arenal Volcano
Map of Costa Rica Great Outdoors: Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, & More - 11 Days
Costa Rica Great Outdoors: Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, & More - 11 Days

This 11-day trip starts with La Fortuna—home of Arenal Volcano National Park—where you'll zipline, whitewater raft, and soak in the local hot springs. In Monteverde, walk suspension bridges atop the cloud forest canopy and enjoy a coffee and chocolate tour. Then, you’ll reach Uvita, where you can give in to scenic, beachside relaxation, and visit an animal sanctuary, before ending the trip in San José.

Views of Costa Rica
Map of Costa Rica: Beach & Rainforest Tour - 11 Days
Costa Rica: Beach & Rainforest Tour - 11 Days

This 11-day vacation offers everything you could imagine on a trip to Costa Rica–volcanic views of Arenal, the beautiful Pacific beaches of Playa Panama and Manuel Antonio, and fun activities along the way. Enjoy a chocolate-making class, a mangrove tour by boat, horseback riding along the ocean, and more.

Beach in Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula
Map of Costa Rica Wildlife Adventure - 11 days
Costa Rica Wildlife Adventure - 11 days

This active 11-day itinerary is designed to appeal to nature lovers and adventure fiends of every stripe. It starts on the southern Pacific coast, in the remote, Corcovado National Park. Here you'll enjoy rugged hikes abounding with wildlife-spotting opportunities. Then it's off to the north where you'll explore the misty cloud forests of Monteverde and fly over the forest canopy.  After a visit to the famed Arenal Volcano, it's time for another hike, this time to the Hule Lagoon, an ancient crater lake like something out of Conan Doyle's "Lost World." Enjoy waterfall rappelling before ending your Costa Rican adventure with a wild rafting trip down the Pacuare River.

Suspension bridges in the cloud forest canopy
Costa Rica Jungle & Beach: San José, San Ramón, Arenal, Monteverde & Jacó - 11 Days

Discover northern Costa Rica's lush cloud forests and pristine beaches on this active 11-day adventure. After a day spent in the capital of San José, you’ll transfer to San Ramón for two nights at an eco-lodge deep inside a private nature reserve. Visit Arenal to explore the rainforest canopy and hike to the famous volcano, then head to Monteverde to horseback ride through rare cloud forests and tour coffee and chocolate farms. End on the beach in the quiet surf town of Jacó, where you’ll embark on guided hikes to see monkeys and macaws in Manuel Antonio and Carara national parks.

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Map of Costa Rica: Birding in Paradise - 11 Days
Costa Rica: Birding in Paradise - 11 Days

Costa Rica is one of the few truly great birding destinations in the world. This is due to the nation's diverse and abundant amount of birds (over 850 species have been spotted here). Over 11 days you'll travel from the mountains to the coastal rainforests on an immersive birding safari to view some of the most exotic specimens, such as motmots, tanagers, and the reclusive resplendent quetzal.

Hanging Bridges in Arenal/La Fortuna
Map of Beaches, Rainforests & Cultural Exchange in Costa Rica - 11 Days
Beaches, Rainforests & Cultural Exchange in Costa Rica - 11 Days

Costa Rica is famous for its Pacific coast, but this 11-day itinerary focuses on the equally beautiful Caribbean side. You'll visit the surf town of Puerto Viejo and visit an indigenous village. To cap off the adventure, you'll visit the national parks of Arenal and Rincón de la Vieja, where you can view exotic wildlife, waterfalls, and experience the local culture.

Arenal Volcano
Map of Costa Rica Luxury Wildlife and Adventure Sports Getaway - 11 Days
Costa Rica Luxury Wildlife and Adventure Sports Getaway - 11 Days

In Costa Rica you can combine the relaxation of a luxury vacation with all the adventure and exotic wildlife found in the tropics. On this 11-day itinerary, you'll enjoy an array of adventure sports, from canopy tours in the rainforest to wildlife expeditions in national parks and rivers. In between, you'll soak your weary muscles in natural hot springs and retire each night to luxury eco-lodges and villas.

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Map of First-Class Costa Rica: Waterfalls, Beaches, and Wildlife - 11 Days
First-Class Costa Rica: Waterfalls, Beaches, and Wildlife - 11 Days

Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world, and to vacation here is to partake in a great ecological adventure. That's just what you'll do on this 11-day itinerary as you embark on nature hikes, bird-watching tours, and visits to tropical waterfalls. On top of staying in luxury accommodations, you'll also get a sense of the local culture by visiting family farms and working coffee plantations.

Sunset over Osa Peninsula
Map of Luxury Costa Rica Adventure: Pacuare, Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Osa Peninsula - 11 Days
Luxury Costa Rica Adventure: Pacuare, Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Osa Peninsula - 11 Days

Enjoy active adventures and luxurious stays on this 11-day Costa Rica journey. Conquer whitewater rapids in Pacuare, before heading to the Arenal Volcano region with opportunities to zipline, hike, and soak in natural hot springs. Then, stop to visit the crocodiles along the Tarcoles River en route to coastal Manuel Antonio, where you'll explore the rainforest and snorkel in pristine waters. Next, hop a flight to an Osa Peninsula eco-lodge, before one last day of exploration in San José.

A secluded beach in Corcovado National Park
Costa Rica's Natural Wonders: Tortuguero, Los Quetzales, Corcovado & Manuel Antonio - 11 Days

This 11-day itinerary celebrates Costa Rica’s remarkable biodiversity and highlights four of the country’s magnificent national parks. Traverse the coastal Caribbean waterways of Tortuguero, see the mythical quetzal bird in the cloud forests of Los Quetzales, and search for jaguars and tapirs in the remote habitats of Corcovado. After a day of snorkeling with colorful sea life at Caño Island, travel up the Pacific coast to the white sand beaches and lush jungles of Manuel Antonio.

Due to the exuberance of the vegetation that surrounds it, and the numerous rapids that form during its descent towards the Caribbean plains, suitable for rafting, the Pacuare is an important tourist attraction of Costa Rica. The Pacuare basin has been protected by the Matina Pacuare Forest Reserve.
Map of Costa Rica Outdoor Adventure and Luxury Wellness - 11 Days
Costa Rica Outdoor Adventure and Luxury Wellness - 11 Days

In Costa Rica, it's possible to seamlessly mix tropical adventures with luxury wellness retreats and eco-resorts. Over 11 days you'll replenish your mind and body with yoga sessions and spa treatments while also enjoying some thrills in the form of white-water rafting and waterfall hikes. As a bonus, you'll get to laze on Pacific beaches and even learn the secrets to making chocolate. 

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Map of Costa Rica Cycling & Rafting Highlights: Manuel Antonio & the Pacuare - 11 Days
Costa Rica Cycling & Rafting Highlights: Manuel Antonio & the Pacuare - 11 Days

If you're going to push yourself in pursuit of athletic greatness, you might as well do so in one of the most beautiful countries on earth. This 11-day Costa Rican adventure involves traveling from the Pacific coast to the Caribbean powered only by your feet, arms, and will. It's an unforgettable experiencing where you'll cycle along tropical beaches, raft down wild rivers, and even cross over the Continental Divide.

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Map of Costa Rica Cycling in Paradise - 11 Days
Costa Rica Cycling in Paradise - 11 Days

Costa Rica is a small nation yet it boasts an immense amount of natural wonders such as active volcanoes, rainforests, and raging rivers. Over 11-days you'll experience it all on a combined mountain-biking/rafting adventure. You'll cycle along the Pacific coast, soak in natural hot springs, and brave the rapids of the Pacuare River before capping the tour with some unforgettable sunsets on the Caribbean coast.

Go for a swim with view of the Costa Rican rainforest
Map of Wildlife Luxury Adventure in Arenal, Monteverde & the Osa Peninsula - 11 Days
Wildlife Luxury Adventure in Arenal, Monteverde & the Osa Peninsula - 11 Days

Discover the spectacular landscapes of Costa Rica on this luxurious 11-day trip. You'll explore the great outdoors by day and sleep in luxury lodgings at night, traveling first to the Osa Peninsula to do some world-class snorkeling in the Isla del Caño Biological Reserve. Then hike around Arenal Volcano, soak in natural hot springs, and enjoy a gourmet dinner in a beautiful natural setting. Finish the itinerary with a nighttime nature walk and zip-lining in the Monteverde cloud forest.

Learn to surf on the coast
Map of Family Fun on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast - 11 Days
Family Fun on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast - 11 Days

Featuring a mix of wildlife experiences and outdoor adventures, this 11-day exploration of Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast is fun for the whole family. Hike to the top of Costa Rica's highest volcano, spot colorful spiders on a nighttime rainforest hike, and boat around national parks as you explore the country's Caribbean coast. You'll also have the chance to visit a jaguar rehabilitation center, see monkeys in the wild on a kayaking excursion, and ride horses along the beach—fun for the kids and kids at heart!

Take the family for a sunset sailing outing
Map of Costa Rica for Families: Outdoor Adventures & Wildlife - 11 Days
Costa Rica for Families: Outdoor Adventures & Wildlife - 11 Days

This family-oriented journey around Costa Rica leads you around the country's beautiful waterfalls, lush rainforests, and vibrant wildlife habitats. Do some cultural sightseeing in San José before moving on to Arenal to hike around a volcano, look for sloths in the wild, and go for a dip in hot springs. Learn how chocolate is made from bean to bar before exploring Monteverde Cloud Forest. The adventure culminates in Manuel Antonio National Park with a sailing and snorkeling trip.

Snorkel near a coral reef in Costa Rica
Map of Family Trip to Costa Rica's Volcanoes, Waterfalls & Coral Reefs - 11 Days
Family Trip to Costa Rica's Volcanoes, Waterfalls & Coral Reefs - 11 Days

Featuring outdoor adventures and abundant opportunities to spot monkeys, sloths, and toucans in the wild, this family-friendly 11-day trip around Costa Rica is fun for all ages. Start by hiking to waterfalls and soaking in hot springs in Rincón de la Vieja National Park, then continue to the Gulf of Papagayo to snorkel around a coral reef and tour a coffee farm. Visit a scarlet macaw refuge before wrapping up the trip with a day of hiking and wildlife viewing in the Werner Sauter Biological Reserve.

A little boy feeds a cow on a Costa Rican farm tour
Map of Family Adventure in Costa Rica: Volcanoes, Cloud Forests & the Ocean - 11 Days
Family Adventure in Costa Rica: Volcanoes, Cloud Forests & the Ocean - 11 Days

See the best of Costa Rica on this family-oriented itinerary featuring a mix of outdoor adventures, wildlife viewing, and hands-on experiences. After a hike through a sloth habitat, kids can try whitewater rafting and learn how to milk a cow while visiting a local farm. Continue to the Monteverde Cloud Forest for jungle hikes, zip-lining, and horseback riding. The trip ends in Tamarindo with surf lessons, a snorkeling excursion, a lively cruise down a jungle river, and the chance to witness sea turtles nesting.

Relax in hot springs with the family
Map of Family Trip to Costa Rica's Mountains, Volcanoes & the Gulf of Papagayo - 11 Days
Family Trip to Costa Rica's Mountains, Volcanoes & the Gulf of Papagayo - 11 Days

Learn to surf, go whitewater rafting, and spot sloths in the wild on this action-packed 11-day trip around Costa Rica. Created for families, the itinerary is full of outdoor adventures. Start with zip-lining and a dip in hot springs in Rincón de la Vieja National Park, then brave the river rapids in Arenal before moving on to coastal Tamarindo for surf lessons and beach time. Wrap up the itinerary on the beautiful Gulf of Papagayo, where you'll enjoy a sunset cruise and a mangrove boat tour.

View of Rincón de La Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Map of Active Adventure on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast - 11 Days
Active Adventure on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast - 11 Days

Enjoy waterfall hikes, horseback riding, a sunset sail, and snorkeling with tropical fish on this active 11-day trip around Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. You'll begin the journey in Rincón de la Vieja National Park, where you'll soak in natural hot springs and ride horses. Continue to Arenal for a few days of rainforest adventures, including a visit to a sloth habitat, then head to the Gulf of Papagayo for a jungle cruise. Finish the itinerary with snorkeling, swimming, and hiking around coastal Sámara.

Exploring wetlands on a boat tour with the little ones
Map of Family Adventure in Costa Rica: Wetlands, Volcanoes & Caribbean Beaches - 11 Days
Family Adventure in Costa Rica: Wetlands, Volcanoes & Caribbean Beaches - 11 Days

Look for monkeys in the trees, go whitewater rafting, and swim in waterfall pools on this exciting 11-day adventure perfect for families. You'll start the trip in colorful San José, then explore the rainforest of Tortuguero National Park. Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and the volcanoes, hot springs, and rushing rivers of Arenal. Along the way, you'll go on a safari-style boat ride, visit a jaguar rescue center, and learn how chocolate is made at a cocoa bean farm.

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