10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Seattle
+2
Shuttle + Subway + Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h
5
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  18 h
End: Seattle

1
night
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 find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose visit planning app .

Seattle, USA to San Jose is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Seattle to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in December, with highs in San Jose at 79°F and lows at 66°F. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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.
La Fortuna Waterfall has been added to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey builder app .

Getting from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
You've now added Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve to your itinerary.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in December, and nighttime lows around 82°F. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santa Elena Skywalk ©
Santa Elena Skywalk

3
nights
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 next day, cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planning tool .

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. On the 1st (Wed), you're off toSan Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

1
night
San Jose

San Jose
Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz has been added to your itinerary. On the 1st (Wed), admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose road trip site .

Traveling by bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz

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