10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

Make it your trip
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
5
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
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Tamarindo

— 1 night
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 28th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, stop by Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo online day trip planner.

New York City, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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 30th (Sun): stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Monteverde sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive 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.
On the 4th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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 5th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

San Jose

— 1 night
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.
On the 6th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in San Jose are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums
Highlights from your 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.