10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday builder

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Poas Volcano National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to General Edward Lawrence Logan 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, 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 learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde trip planner.

Boston, USA to Monteverde is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Monteverde is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive 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.
On the 22nd (Wed), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi. On the next day, see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side 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, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Poas Volcano National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get impressive views of Poas Volcano and then take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 28th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.