11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Ferry
4
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive
5
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive
6
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and Paradise Hot Springs. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail, see Off-Road Tours, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary website.

Ottawa, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 2 nights

Walaba

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 26th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Punta Uva and then stroll through Nature Observatorio. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
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 28th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then look for all kinds of wild species at Safari Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Manuel Antonio in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Santa Teresa

— 1 night
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa and then see Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Teresa trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Playas del Coco

— 1 night

Coco Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco online road trip planner.

Drive from Santa Teresa to Playas del Coco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 2nd (Thu), see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. December in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.