11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Calgary
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  12​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Nosara
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + ferry:  4​h 45​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  9​h
End: Calgary

1
night
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
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 18th (Sun): stroll through Tamarindo Beach and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tamarindo trip planner.

Calgary, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Calgary to Tamarindo due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Calgary in February; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 39°C and lows reach 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nosara.

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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
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1
night
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nosara trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Nosara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Nosara can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Nosara

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Fun & Games
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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara ©
Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara

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.
On the 20th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uvita Beach.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Uvita road trip website .

Getting from Nosara to Uvita by combination of flight, taxi, and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): stroll through Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planning app .

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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

3
nights
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.
On the 24th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Ecocentro Danaus, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in February, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure

Side Trip

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

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