10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Jaco
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Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Carara
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
5
El Castillo
— 1 day
Drive
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 day
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to St. Croix

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Jaco

— 2 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): stroll through Jaco Beach and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Jaco trip planner.

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to Jaco is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Croix to Jaco is minus 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
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 26th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary and then walk around Parque Nahomi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carara.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Carara

— 1 night
To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carara tour app.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Carara in 2 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Monteverde.

Things to do in Carara

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 29th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip itinerary app.

Getting from Carara to Monteverde by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to El Castillo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife

El Castillo

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Conservatory.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the El Castillo trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to El Castillo takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in El Castillo

Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 1 night
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.
To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online journey maker.

Traveling by car from El Castillo to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes an hour. On the 1st (Thu), you're off to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Vara Blanca

— 1 day
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 1st (Thu), get impressive views of Arenal Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Vara Blanca trip builder app.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.