10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Quepos
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h 30​min
End: San Jose

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, and finally shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner .

San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall

4
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Costa Rica'n Art Craft (in Liberia) and Playa Hermosa (in Playa Hermosa). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, look for gifts at Dolores Shop, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. December in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Costa Rica'n Art Craft, Playa Hermosa, Playa Conchal
Highlights from your plan
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

3
nights
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Quepos is known for wildlife, adventure, spas, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, walk around Parque Nahomi, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Quepos trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Quepos takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Fishing Charters & Tours

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