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 Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
— 1 night


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 La Fortuna Waterfall will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Chollin, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner.

Nashville, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

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 20th (Tue), look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning 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 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Beaches · 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 23rd (Fri): stroll through Playa Hermosa and then stroll through Playa Santa Teresa.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santa Teresa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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 24th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Playa Samara online road trip planner.

Getting from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature


— 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 25th (Sun): stroll through Playa Conchal and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Keep things going the next day: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, stroll through Playa Avellana, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Playa Samara to Tamarindo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

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.