11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica visit planner

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip website.

Los Angeles, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Tours

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 10th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, stroll around Manuel Antonio National Park, then discover the deep blue sea with Snorkel Adventure CR, and then take an exotic tour of Safari Adventures.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio travel route 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 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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 12th (Fri): stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Ventanas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach and then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Uvita road trip tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Playa Samara

— 2 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 14th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Carrillo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

To see photos and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara tour itinerary planning site.

Drive from Uvita to Playa Samara in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see Off-Road Tours and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach. Keep things going the next day: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tamarindo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Playa Samara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · 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.