11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: London
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  19​h
1
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then do sightseeing your way with Private Tours. Keep things going the next day: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio online itinerary builder .

London, UK to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Manuel Antonio is minus 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Spas
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Walking tours
Parasailing & Paragliding

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 15th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tarantulas Way, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Cocles.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca planner .

Getting from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Butterfly Conservatory and Wood & Art Gallery. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Tabacon Hot Springs. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), and explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables.

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You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Butterfly Conservatory, Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

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