11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary builder
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Fly
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
2
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
5
Uvita
— 4 nights
Bus to San José, Fly to New York City

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Tamarindo — 1 night

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 8th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Monkey Park, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip tool.

New York City, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hope Fellowship, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

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You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos — 3 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.
Get outdoors at La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bogarin Trail and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, and relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip tool.

Getting from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.
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Manuel Antonio — 1 night

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 14th (Sat): stroll around Parque Nahomi, see some colorful creatures with Snorkel Adventure CR, then take an exotic tour of Safari Adventures, and finally explore the galleries of The Captain's Booty.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio road trip tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Uvita.
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Uvita — 4 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Uvita Waterfall and Playa Ventanas. Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, relax and rejuvenate at Danyasa Eco-Retreat - Bamboo Yoga Play Studio, see Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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Costa Rica travel guide

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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.
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