10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica planner

Make it your trip
Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 5 nights
Fly

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Monteverde

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde travel itinerary planner.

Madrid, Spain to Monteverde is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and taxi. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Madrid to Monteverde due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
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 18th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 20th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

Discover how to plan a Tortuguero trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 5 nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.