10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary builder

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Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
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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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Fortuna Waterfall, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and head outdoors with Cabalgata Don Tobias.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary planner.

Phoenix, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors
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Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

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 30th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. January in Tortuguero sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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Highlights from your trip

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 31st (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at El Trapiche Tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Monteverde takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Fun & Games
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Manuel Antonio

— 3 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 2nd (Wed), see Off-Road Tours and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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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.