10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC
+6
Train + Bus + Foot + Fly + Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle:  10 h 30 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
5
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Train:  9 h 45 min
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Fri), stroll around Bogarin Trail, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, and finally get engrossed in the history at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing planner.

Washington DC, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 12- hour combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to La Fortuna de San Carlos is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
ChocoMuseo La Fortuna ©
ChocoMuseo La Fortuna

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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 17th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playas Gemelas, and finally take in the exciting artwork at The Captain's Booty.

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

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

The Captain's Booty
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playas Gemelas ©
Playas Gemelas
The Captain's Booty ©
The Captain's Booty

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Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and finally stroll through Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Uvita online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Uvita takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Uvita

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, Playa Ventanas
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

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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.
On the 19th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Catarata Los Murcielagos - Monteverde Waterfall, explore by horseback at Finca el Rodeo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, then take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and finally view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve, take in the natural beauty of Middle Earth Thermal Springs, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sustainability Demonstration Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Uvita to Monteverde in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sustainability Demonstration Center, Middle Earth Thermal Springs
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Sustainability Demonstration Center ©
Sustainability Demonstration Center
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Catarata Los Murcielagos - Monteverde Waterfall ©

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nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire the sheer force of San Luis Waterfall, then explore by horseback at Finca el Rodeo, then explore the world behind art at Chorotega Arts & Crafts, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Sarah's Gallery. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of Ecological Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Escondido Preserve, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally relax in the rural setting at Hidden Valley Permaculture Farm.

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Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Luis Waterfall
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
San Luis Waterfall ©
San Luis Waterfall
Valle Escondido Preserve ©
Valle Escondido Preserve

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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 23rd (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo sightseeing planning tool.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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Shark Diving
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Spas & Wellness

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Playas del Coco

Playas del Coco
A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
On the 24th (Sat), head outdoors with Crazy Alex CR.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco attractions planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

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