11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
3
Uvita
— 1 night
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights

2
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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Paradise Hot Springs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Ecocentro Danaus. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder tool.

London, UK to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 24th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach and then stroll through Nature Observatorio.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip planning website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

1
night
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 26th (Tue), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita online visit planner.

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge ©

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 28th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then stroll through Rainmaker Park. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio road trip planning website.

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Rainmaker Park
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Walking tours
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park

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