10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Tortuguero
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, identify plant and animal life at Toucan Rescue Ranch, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. On the next day, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and finally wander the streets of Multiplaza.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Jose trip itinerary builder .

San Francisco, USA to San Jose is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect San Jose to be somewhat warmer, temps between 80°F and 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Toucan Rescue Ranch, Multiplaza, Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica

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 16th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, then look for all kinds of wild species at Ecological Sanctuary, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Monteverde route planner .

Getting from San Jose to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Proyecto Asis, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then shop like a local with Onirica Art Gallery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos route builder site .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. On the 19th (Fri), you're off toTortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tortuguero National Park and Kayaking & Canoeing. Step out of Tortuguero with an excursion to Zipline in Puerto Limon--about 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tortuguero trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Zipline
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Zipline
Kayaking & Canoeing

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