10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: La Serena
+3
Fly + bus + foot + bus:  19​h 45​min
1
Jaco
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Tamarindo
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + bus + Fly:  20​h
End: La Serena

1
day
Jaco

Jaco ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then view the masterpieces at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Jaco tour itinerary planner.

La Serena, Chile to Jaco is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Chile Time (CLT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Jaco

Shopping Museums
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Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Uvita trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Uvita takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Spas & Wellness

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then look for gifts at Jungle Avenue.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio vacation maker site .

Drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
day
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): cast your line with a fishing tour, then admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo day trip planning tool .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Fishing Charters & Tours
Spas

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get interesting insight from Tours and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner.

You can drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Parks Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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