10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Taxi to Naranjo, Fly to Riga

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Vara Blanca

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca trip planner.

Riga, Latvia to Vara Blanca is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos vacation planner.

You can drive from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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 8th (Sat): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde route planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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.