11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  11​h 30​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive + bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Gulf of Papagayo
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: New York City


3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas & Wellness and La Playita. Get in touch with nature at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores and MidWorld Costa Rica. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio travel itinerary planner

New York City, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive. Traveling from New York City to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from New York City in March: high temperatures in Manuel Antonio hover around 80°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Spas & Wellness

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda Baru, and then kick back and relax at Uvita Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita tour itinerary planning website

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gulf of Papagayo.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Hacienda Baru
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars ©
Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars

4
nights
Gulf of Papagayo

A concerted development project by the government given Gulf of Papagayo a growing number of luxury and all inclusive resort complexes and turned it into one of the country's leading holiday destinations.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Potrero Beach and Playa Avellana. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Los Piratas de Flamingo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gulf of Papagayo: Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa), Las Baulas National Marine Park (in Playa Grande) and Costa Rica Sailing Center (in Playa Potrero). There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Gulf of Papagayo trip builder tool

Do a combination of bus and flight from Uvita to Gulf of Papagayo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. March in Gulf of Papagayo sees daily highs of 94°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gulf of Papagayo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playas del Coco, Playa Potrero, Playa Avellana, Las Baulas National Marine Park, Los Piratas de Flamingo
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River Rafting & Tubing
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Costa Rica Sailing Center ©
Costa Rica Sailing Center

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