11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly to San Jose, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Ferry
3
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive
4
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Blue Grass Airport

S M T W T F S
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24

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.
Visiting Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano will get you outdoors. It doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary planner.

Lexington, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. You will leave for Manuel Antonio on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Spas · Outdoors

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.
On the 12th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary website.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. On the 13th (Tue), you'll travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Beaches

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa road trip website.

Traveling by ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Barrigona Beach and then kick back and relax at Samara Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Playa Samara trip maker tool.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, then view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo attractions planner.

You can drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Theme Parks

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.