10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 nights
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 Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Butterfly Conservatory. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Venado Caves, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Estudio, and explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Cleveland, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cleveland to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

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.
For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde road trip site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Thu) before leaving for Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Tours · Adventure · Wildlife · Parks

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 next day, see Off-Road Tours, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio road trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trip

San Jose

— 1 night
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and then have fun and explore at Museo de los Ninos.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Jose trip maker app.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in San Jose are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.