10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
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San Jose

— 2 nights
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.
On the next day, see a show at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to San Jose is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mexico City in December; daily highs in San Jose reach 30°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature · Parks · Museums · Nightlife

Side Trips

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 12th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Tortuguero takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get outside with El Salto and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs. Keep things going the next day: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take an in-depth tour of ChocoMuseo La Fortuna.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip planner.

Getting from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Nature

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 15th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): look for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planning website.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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 17th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. Keep things going the next day: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.