10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Calgary
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Taxi:  14 h 45 min
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Calgary

2
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos travel itinerary creator.

Calgary, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then stroll through Playa Biesanz, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In September in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles). On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Parque La Sabana, then admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and then admire the masterpieces at Precolumbian Gold Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles
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Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica ©
Museo Nacional De Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

2
nights
Tamarindo

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 24th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tamarindo Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then stroll through Playa Conchal.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo online itinerary creator.

You can fly from San Jose to Tamarindo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from San Jose in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Tamarindo: highs are around 37°C and lows about 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Tamarindo Church ©
Tamarindo Church

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