11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
+3
bus + Fly + bus + shuttle:  23​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

1
night
La Fortuna de San Carlos

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. On your second day here, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then stroll through Ecocentro Danaus, and then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary builder tool .

Valletta, Malta to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Valletta to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
nights
Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
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 1st (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Uvita

Uvita ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

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You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Playas del Coco.

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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Playas del Coco

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Playas del Coco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. In January, daytime highs in Playas del Coco are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

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Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

1
night
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena and then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Monteverde driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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