10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Shuttle
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
4
Jaco
— 3 nights
Drive
5
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): make a trip to Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez.

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New York City, USA to San Jose is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in February, things will get much warmer in San Jose: highs are around 79°F and lows about 65°F. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to La Fortuna de San Carlos.
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, Wave Expeditions, Paradise Hot Springs, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Wave Expeditions, snap pictures at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Day Spa Herrera.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary builder tool.

You can take a shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

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Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Snorkel Adventure CR as well as Playa Biesanz.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio road trip planning app.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches
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Jaco

— 3 nights
A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
You've now added Tortuga Surf School to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable tour with Tortuga Surf School.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaco holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Jaco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for San Jose on the 14th (Sun).

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
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San Jose

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stroll through Spirogyra Butterfly Garden, take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then soothe aching muscles at Yoga Massage Therapy, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, then get curious at Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle, and then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Jose day trip tool.

Drive from Jaco to San Jose in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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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.