11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Thunder Bay
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Playa Flamingo
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Playa Samara
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  5​h
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Thunder Bay

1
day
Playa Flamingo

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
On the 9th (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then look for gifts at Bahia Artshop.

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Thunder Bay, Canada to Playa Flamingo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Thunder Bay to Playa Flamingo is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
night
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Playa Samara attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Playa Flamingo to Playa Samara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Horseback Riding Tours

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 11th (Tue): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Playa Samara to Uvita takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then look for gifts at Jungle Avenue.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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
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.
On the 14th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

2
nights
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 16th (Sun): stroll through Punta Uva Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Observatorio. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, kick back and relax at Playa Chiquita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip maker .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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