10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Porto
Fly:  19​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Tortuguero
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Porto

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Arenal Natura Ecological Park and La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos travel app .

Porto, Portugal to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
On the 14th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then take in the dramatic scenery at San Luis Waterfall.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

San Luis Waterfall
Highlights from your plan

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary site .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. April in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find out how to plan a trip to Vara Blanca, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Vara Blanca in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens

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