10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Drive to Hato International Airport, Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Hato International Airport, Drive to Curacao

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and stop by Souvenir Leo.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Curacao, Curacao to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Curacao to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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 11th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, then take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, and finally hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose trip itinerary builder.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose by shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in San Jose sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Manuel Antonio

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 13th (Wed), look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip website.

Drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Shopping

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Santa Elena Skywalk, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Monteverde, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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.