11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
+4
Subway + Train + Fly + Bus + Shuttle:  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
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Subway:  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): stroll through Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip site.

New York City, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 14- hour combination of subway, train, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, 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) early enough 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

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): kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then stroll through Uvita Beach, and finally look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita online travel planner.

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Playa Ventanas
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): stop by Jungle Avenue, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Beaches

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the galleries of Galeria Estudio, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

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Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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

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night
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 19th (Fri), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo travel planning website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to 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.
On the 20th (Sat), stop by Cata Chocolate, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing

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