10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly

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San Jose

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Jose visit planner.

New York City, USA to San Jose is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to San Jose. Traveling from New York City in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 66°F in San Jose. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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 13th (Thu): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio journey builder.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. Get some cultural insight at ChocoMuseo La Fortuna and Onirica Art Gallery. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Fortuna de San Carlos, and take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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 17th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Arte Jaguar Gallery, then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, and then take in the exciting artwork at Alas y Raices. On your second day here, admire all the interesting features of Ecological Sanctuary, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then see the interesting displays at Chorotega Arts & Crafts.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde travel route tool.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Adventure

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach and then stroll through Playa Conchal.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo route maker website.

You can drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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.