10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Start: Edmonton
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  15 h 30 min
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h
End: Edmonton

1
night
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Dantita and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip itinerary maker website.

Edmonton, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Dantita, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

1
night
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 20th (Sat), glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio driving holiday planning tool.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, take a memorable tour with Tours, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vara Blanca journey maker app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature Parks Wildlife
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