10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica planner

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Fly
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Shuttle
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Liberia
— 2 nights
Fly

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2
nights
San Jose

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 2nd (Thu): look for gifts at Biesanz Woodworks, then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, explore the galleries of Galeria Namu, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and finally browse the different shops at Avenida Escazu.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip planning site.

Pittsburgh, USA to San Jose is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pittsburgh to San Jose. In July, daytime highs in San Jose are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
Shop till you drop at Galeria Aguas Verdes and Galeria Estudio. Get some cultural insight at Onirica Art Gallery and Wood & Art Gallery. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, stroll through Senderos Los Tucanes, pick up some new knowledge with ChocoMuseo La Fortuna, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip app.

Traveling by shuttle from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

2
nights
Monteverde

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 7th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then browse the exhibits of Arte Jaguar Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, and then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Monteverde trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Liberia.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping

2
nights
Liberia

White City

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of La Ermita La Agonia, then stop by Nahua, then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa, and finally browse the exhibits of Costa Rica'n Art Craft.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Liberia trip planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to Liberia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You will leave for home on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Liberia

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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.