10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday planner

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Make it your trip
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San Jose
— 2 nights
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Uvita
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Negra
— 1 night
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San Jose
— 1 night
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San Jose

— 2 nights
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
San Jose is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, get some fabulous bargains at Mercado Municipal De Artesanias, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia La Soledad, and take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Jose online vacation planner.

Paris, France to San Jose is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to San Jose is minus 7 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in May: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Uvita.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Uvita

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars, then stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

Make your Uvita itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from San Jose to Uvita in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then soothe aching muscles at Yoga con Cyn. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Playa Negra.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Playa Negra

— 1 night
On the 12th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at Supyoga Costa Rica and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Blanca ( White Beach ).

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Playa Negra trip planning tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Playa Negra in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Playa Negra

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

San Jose

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then deepen your understanding at Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center, and then take in the exciting artwork at Souvenir Museum. On your second day here, have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Market (Mercado Central).

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Playa Negra to San Jose by car takes about 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.