11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Playa del Carmen
Fly:  16​h
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  5​h 30​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
+3
shuttle + bus + Fly + bus:  9​h 45​min
Playa del Carmen

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Playas del Coco trip planner .

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Playas del Coco is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Playa del Carmen to Playas del Coco is minus 1 hour. In March, Playas del Coco is a bit warmer than Playa del Carmen - with highs of 40°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours

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Playa Hermosa
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

1
day
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 2nd (Fri): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo road trip site .

Drive from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Spas

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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Spas & Wellness

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda Baru, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Tamarindo to Uvita takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

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

2
days
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 6th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. On your second day here, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

Before you visit Manuel Antonio, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
days
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 8th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs and then identify plant and animal life at Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): trek along Ecocentro Danaus, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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