10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  9​h
1
San Jose
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
End: Phoenix

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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.
To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary builder app .

Phoenix, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to San Jose. When traveling from Phoenix in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Jose: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 67°F at night. On the 14th (Thu), you're off toLa Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): stroll through Bogarin Trail and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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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.
To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Espadilla Norte, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, and then stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop.

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Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park
Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop ©
Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop

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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 18th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Santa Lucia Falls, then kick back and relax at Playa Matapalo, and then stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, stroll through Oro Verde Biological Reserve, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

Plan my day in Uvita using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, Playa Matapalo
Highlights from your plan
Santa Lucia Falls ©
Santa Lucia Falls
Playa Matapalo ©
Playa Matapalo
Spas & Wellness

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Ceiba and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visiting Playa Negra and Redfrogteam Biological Station will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Luluberlu Art Gallery, head outdoors with Nature Riders, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Redfrogteam Biological Station
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Luluberlu Art Gallery ©
Luluberlu Art Gallery

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San Jose

San Jose
To find out how to plan a trip to San Jose, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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