11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly + shuttle:  25​h
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Fly:  28​h
End: Bucharest

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): cast your line with a fishing tour and then stop by Lydia Beech Art Boutique. On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then view the masterpieces at Con Mucho Gusto.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo sightseeing website .

Port Harcourt, Nigeria to Tamarindo is an approximately 34-hour flight. Traveling from Port Harcourt to Tamarindo, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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 2nd (Thu): trek along Ecocentro Danaus, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online day trip planner .

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 4th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rainmaker Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Quepos, Rainmaker Park
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Parasailing & Paragliding

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 6th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, kick back and relax at Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, Nature Observatorio
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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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