10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  7​h
1
San Jose
— 1 night
2
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
6
San Jose
— Few hours
Fly:  7​h
End: Atlanta

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Ruinas de Ujarras and then shop like a local with Multiplaza.

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Atlanta, USA to San Jose is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Atlanta to San Jose, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Atlanta in July: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 80°F and lows are around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Multiplaza, Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion
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Multiplaza ©
Multiplaza

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see photos and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo road trip app .

You can drive from San Jose to Tamarindo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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 6th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde tour builder website .

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife
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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.
Get outdoors at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) and look for all kinds of wild species at Proyecto Asis.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
Proyecto Asis ©
Proyecto Asis

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planner .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours

few
hours
San Jose

San Jose
To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Jose holiday builder site .

Take a bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. You will leave for home on the 11th (Thu).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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