10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: San Jose

1
night
Tamarindo

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 26th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by Papaya Con Leche, and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Danta.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip builder tool .

San Jose to Tamarindo is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Playa Danta
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Papaya Con Leche ©
Papaya Con Leche
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Do your shopping at Wood & Art Gallery and Galeria Aguas Verdes. Change things up with a short trip to Butterfly Conservatory in El Castillo (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal).

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder .

You can drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Playa Chiquita, and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Nature Observatorio and then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Uva Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online tour planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nature Observatorio
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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Punta Uva Beach ©
Punta Uva Beach
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

1
night
Jaco

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), look for gifts at Jimmy T's Provisions, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Linda, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally view the masterpieces at Zukia Art Gallery.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Jaco online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Jaco takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Linda, Jimmy T's Provisions
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Jimmy T's Provisions ©
Jimmy T's Provisions
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts ©
Tico Pod Art House & Gifts

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