10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica route planner

Make it your trip
Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

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Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 18th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then meet the residents at The Bat Jungle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at El Trapiche Tour, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip itinerary site.

Dallas, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
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 20th (Mon): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio road trip app.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 22nd (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, head outdoors with El Salto, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Poas Volcano National Park

— 1 night
A trip to Poas Volcano National Park allows you to see one of the world's largest craters, trek through a lush rainforest, and visit a coffee plantation all on the same day.
On the 26th (Sun), contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park travel planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.