11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Los Lagos Hot Springs, thenstroll through Butterfly Conservatory, and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano).

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker website.

Eugene, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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.
On the 16th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then stroll through Playa Cocles.

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Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

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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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and then stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, thenfly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Uvita itinerary maker.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Photography Tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, thenget to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle, and finally look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Monteverde, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 21st (Sat), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Tamarindo are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas

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