10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  13​h 30​min
1
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa Cocles and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Ara Project, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Uva Beach.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planning app .

Washington DC, USA to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Ara Manzanillo
Highlights from your plan
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Ara Manzanillo ©
Ara Manzanillo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, then shop like a local with Galeria Estudio, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary maker app .

Drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Uvita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
Highlights from your plan
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Uvita

Uvita ©
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.
On the 14th (Wed), kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas, and finally look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Uvita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Playa Ventanas
Highlights from your plan
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars ©
Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde online trip maker .

Getting from Uvita to Monteverde by combination of bus and shuttle takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
nights
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 17th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then shop like a local with Alessandra Cola Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Playas del Coco trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Monteverde to Playas del Coco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

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