11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to Hotel Punta Islita
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Playa Samara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Bus to Malpais, Ferry to Jaco
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Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
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Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Horseback Riding Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Barrigona Beach. Change things up with a short trip to MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY in Nosara (about 58 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carrillo, and admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara online trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Playa Samara is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to Playa Samara, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santa Teresa travel route builder website.

Getting from Playa Samara to Santa Teresa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Jaco

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours and then see Off-Road Tours.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jaco trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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 14th (Sun): stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

Discover how to plan a Uvita trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Jaco to Uvita in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then take an exotic tour of Safari Adventures.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio road trip site.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Spas

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.