10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  30​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Tamarindo
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  28​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
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 5th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs and then take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos holiday planner .

Melbourne, Australia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -16 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca attractions planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
La Feria Legendaria de Playa Chiquita ©

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 8th (Fri), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then explore by horseback at Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally look for gifts at Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Uvita by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary

1
night
Tamarindo

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 10th (Sun): push the limits with an extreme tour, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and then take in the exciting artwork at Con Mucho Gusto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Lydia Beech Art Boutique.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from Uvita to Tamarindo by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Lydia Beech Art Boutique ©
Lydia Beech Art Boutique

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