10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
4
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
5
Quepos
— 2 nights
Drive to Tobías Bolaños International Airport, Fly to Amsterdam

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Monteverde

— 2 nights
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Monteverde is known for adventure, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Monteverde day trip planning tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Monteverde is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Monteverde, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and look for gifts at Galeria Aguas Verdes.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Jaco

— 1 night
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Jaco day trip planning site.

Getting from Tortuguero to Jaco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Quepos

— 2 nights
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
On the 25th (Fri), kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then walk around Parque Nahomi.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Quepos trip builder site.

Getting from Jaco to Quepos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

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.