10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Cartagena
Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Tortuguero
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
5
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Cartagena

1
day
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 5th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online tour itinerary builder .

Cartagena, Colombia to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Cartagena to Manuel Antonio, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio

4
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Waterfall. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

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
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

2
nights
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, then stop by Dolores Shop, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, and then stop by Guaitil Pottery Studio.

Start your trip to Tamarindo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tamarindo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Spas & Wellness

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.
On the 12th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Tortuguero holiday planning site .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Tamarindo to Tortuguero in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature Parks
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Tortuguero to Poas Volcano National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature Parks
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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