11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Ferry
3
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive
4
Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Shuttle to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Fly to London Gatwick

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Jaco

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 21st (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Jaco visit planner.

London, UK to Jaco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Jaco, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

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.
Spend the 24th (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

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 26th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip site.

You can ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Playa Samara

— 3 nights
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 27th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Guiones. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara trip app.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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 1st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.