11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  11​h 15​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Playa Samara
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Atlanta

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Parasailing & Paragliding. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Manuel Antonio and Playa Espadilla Norte. Go for a jaunt from Manuel Antonio to Dominical to see Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll around Parque Nahomi, and stroll through La Playita.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio travel route builder website .

Atlanta, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. Traveling from Atlanta to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Quepos, Dominical
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Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
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 24th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Park Walk, kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip website .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nature Park Walk
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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.
You've now added Arenal Rafting to your itinerary. On the 25th (Wed), get a taste of the local shopping with Wood & Art Gallery, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery. On the next day, get interesting insight from Arenal Rafting, explore by horseback at Arenal Wilberth Stables, then take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel route planner .

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 up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Tours Parks
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River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playas del coco, and then take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then stroll through Playa Hermosa, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Playas del Coco holiday planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playas del Coco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 82°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Playas del coco
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River Rafting & Tubing
Playas del coco ©
Playas del coco
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Playa Samara

A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Playa Samara visit planning app .

You can drive from Playas del Coco to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Playa Samara, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 82°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Spas
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

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