10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Missoula
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Liberia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
Tamarindo
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h
End: Missoula

1
night
Liberia

Liberia
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Liberia trip planner .

Missoula, USA to Liberia is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Missoula to Liberia is 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Missoula in December, with highs in Liberia at 82°F and lows at 82°F. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Liberia

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Ecological Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, and then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde trip planner .

Traveling by car from Liberia to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. December in Monteverde sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 82°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
On the 25th (Wed), explore and take pictures at Nature Park Walk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Cocles. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then stop by Cho.co.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca day trip website .

Drive from Monteverde to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Nature Park Walk
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Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
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.
Family-friendly places like San Juanillo Beach and Playa Avellana will thrill your kids. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tamarindo Church and Monkey Park. Step out of Tamarindo with an excursion to Playa Mina in Playa Conchal--about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, push the limits with an extreme tour, wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo route site .

Getting from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Tamarindo by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Mina, San Juanillo Beach
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Tamarindo Church ©
Tamarindo Church
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

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