11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 3 nights
Shuttle to San Jose, Fly to New York JFK

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours and then explore the galleries of Costa Rica'n Art Craft. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Playas del Coco day trip planner.

New York City, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour builder site.

Drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

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.
On the 14th (Sun), stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Tours, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Safari Adventures, and then look for gifts at Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

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 16th (Tue): kick back and relax at Uvita Beach and then ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall and then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Uvita online travel route planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.