11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly + Drive:  22​h 30​min
1
Santa Teresa
— 1 day
Taxi + Ferry:  3​h 45​min
2
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
+3
Shuttle + Bus + Fly + Train:  18​h 30​min
End: Dusseldorf

1
day
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 25th (Thu), stroll through Playa Hermosa, kick back and relax at Playa Carmen, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Teresa online trip itinerary builder .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Santa Teresa is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen
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 26th (Fri): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then stroll through Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita tour itinerary website .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

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.
On the 28th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rainmaker Park. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Rainmaker Park
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Parasailing & Paragliding

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.
On the 30th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca route app .

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nature Observatorio, Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

2
nights
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 2nd (Thu): stroll through Ecocentro Danaus, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. On the next day, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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