10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Tamarindo
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Montreal

1
night
San Jose

San Jose
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.
For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose online road trip planner .

Montreal, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Montreal in March; daily highs in San Jose reach 32°C and lows reach 22°C. You will leave for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 26th (Mon).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tabacon Hot Springs, Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), Paradise Hot Springs, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): get impressive views of Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Celeste, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos driving holiday site .

Drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trips

Rio Celeste, Arenal Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

4
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Escape the urban bustle at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Potrero Beach and Lydia Beech Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Playa Samara (Koss Art Gallery & Samara Beach). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Las Baulas National Marine Park.

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Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. March in Tamarindo sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Samara, Playa Conchal, Las Baulas National Marine Park, Potrero Beach
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): sample the tasty concoctions at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co..

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Tamarindo to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tamarindo in April, things will get a bit cooler in San Jose: highs are around 32°C and lows about 22°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co. ©
Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co.

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