10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary builder

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Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Jaco
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carara
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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El Castillo
— 1 day
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 day
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to St. Croix

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Jaco

— 2 nights
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 10th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco road trip planning site.

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to Jaco is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from St. Croix to Jaco due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

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.
You've now added Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Jaco to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carara.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Carara

— 1 night
For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Carara itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Carara takes 2 hours. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monteverde.

Things to do in Carara

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip maker site.

Drive from Carara to Monteverde in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to El Castillo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife

El Castillo

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our El Castillo route builder app.

Drive from Monteverde to El Castillo in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in El Castillo

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 1 night
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.
For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel itinerary planner.

Drive from El Castillo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in an hour. You will leave for Vara Blanca on the 17th (Wed).

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Vara Blanca

— 1 day
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall.

Plan my day in Vara Blanca using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.