11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: New York City
+3
bus + Fly + taxi + bus:  13​h 45​min
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: New York City

1
day
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 12th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip planning tool .

New York City, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow 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 ©

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, and finally look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Uvita trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Playa Ventanas
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Mon), look for gifts at Jungle Avenue, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio vacation maker app .

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

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 17th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On your second day here, get interesting insight from Tours, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planner .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): push the limits with an extreme tour and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 20th (Sat): look for gifts at Cata Chocolate, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling

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