11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Liberia, Fly to Indianapolis

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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.
On the 16th (Thu), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then see Off-Road Tours, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo online tour planner.

Indianapolis, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Tamarindo is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.
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Playa Samara — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stroll through Playa Carrillo, trot along with a tour on horseback, then enjoy the sand and surf at Samara Beach, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Playa Samara day trip tool.

Getting from Tamarindo to Playa Samara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car 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 18th (Sat): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Uvita.
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Uvita — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then see Off-Road Tours. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then kick back and relax at Uvita Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip builder site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca — 2 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stroll through Tarantulas Way, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and then kick back and relax at Playa Puerto Viejo. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then pick up some local products at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Uva, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna, then walk around Bogarin Trail, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Chollin, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. On the 25th (Sat), you're off to 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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