11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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11 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  17​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  3​h 45​min
3
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Puerto Jimenez
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Madrid

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.
Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and Butterfly Conservatory. Discover out-of-the-way places like Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Arenal Wilberth Stables. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday planner .

Madrid, Spain to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): stroll through Playa Hermosa, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Plan trip to Santa Teresa with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Santa Teresa in 6 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stroll through Uvita Beach, stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and then admire the sheer force of Uvita Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Uvita road trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Santa Teresa to Uvita in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Puerto Jimenez.

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 Jimenez

Puerto Jimenez ©
You've now added Surcos Tours to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): tour in harmony with nature at Surcos Tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Puerto Jimenez trip planner .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Puerto Jimenez takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Puerto Jimenez

Outdoors Tours
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Surcos Tours ©
Surcos Tours

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 8th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, browse the fresh offerings at La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita, and then stroll through Playa Cocles. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Nature Observatorio and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach.

Discover how to plan a Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Puerto Jimenez to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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