11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Manuel Antonio
— 1 day
2
Uvita
— 2 nights
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night
6
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights

1
day
Manuel Antonio

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then stop by Jungle Avenue.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio travel planner.

Montreal, Canada to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Jungle Avenue
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungle Avenue ©
Jungle Avenue

2
nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, thenlook for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas. Keep things going the next day: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach.

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You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Playa Ventanas
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Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

1
night
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, thensoothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

2
nights
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 6th (Wed): hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, thentake in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, thenlet the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online attractions planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, thentake a memorable tour with Tours, and then stop by EK Art Jewelry.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo online trip builder.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
EK Art Jewelry ©
EK Art Jewelry

2
nights
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, thendiscover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the exciting artwork at Alessandra Cola Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco journey builder site.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco

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