10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Shuttle to San José, Fly to Tamarindo
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Kalamazoo

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Fortuna Waterfall and Tabacon Hot Springs. Get some cultural insight at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Galeria Estudio. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning tool.

Kalamazoo, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Kalamazoo to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can take a shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Spas · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then stop by Riish and Toosh Afro Costa Rican Paintings, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia La Soledad, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in January, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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 18th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then view the masterpieces at The Captain's Booty.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio attractions website.

Getting from San Jose to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then look for gifts at Diamante Boutique.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Manuel Antonio to Tamarindo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

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.