10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Denver

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): kick back and relax at Puerto Viejo Beach and then kick back and relax at Punta Uva Beach. On your second day here, get outside with Nature Riders, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve, and then look for gifts at Caribeans Coffee & Chocolate.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip maker tool .

Denver, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
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 15th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, then learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tortuguero takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in October, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stroll through Bogarin Trail, then head outdoors with Flow Trips, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours and then soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Venado Caves
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Venado Caves ©
Venado Caves

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
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 18th (Sun): snap pictures at Guacimal River Bridge 2, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Finca el Rodeo, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Up in the Cloud Forest, and finally look for gifts at Foresta. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Middle Earth Thermal Springs, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and then stroll through Monteverde Wild Hikes.

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

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Guacimal River Bridge 2, Middle Earth Thermal Springs
Highlights from your plan
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Monteverde Wild Hikes ©
Monteverde Wild Hikes
Guacimal River Bridge 2 ©
Guacimal River Bridge 2

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 20th (Tue), kick back and relax at Playa Dantita, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, and finally get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Kayaking & Canoeing, Playa Dantita
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Bolas Locas Mini Golf ©
Bolas Locas Mini Golf
Papaya Con Leche ©
Papaya Con Leche

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