10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica itinerary planner

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Fly to San Jose, Taxi to Monteverde
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly

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Monteverde

— 1 night
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 12th (Sun): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Monteverde route tool.

Toronto, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Monteverde is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks

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, take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online journey maker.

Drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tortuguero road trip planner.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Tortuguero, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks · Museums

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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 17th (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

San Jose

— 3 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and look for gifts at J.LANG Atelier & Showroom.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Jose travel route tool.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January in San Jose, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. On the 20th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.