10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Fly
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
2
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Bus to Malpais, Ferry to Jaco
3
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
6
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Shuttle to Liberia, Fly to Toronto

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1
night
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 9th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tamarindo Church, kick back and relax at Playa Conchal, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then stroll through Playa Avellana.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo itinerary website.

Toronto, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

1
night
Santa Teresa

A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): stroll through Playa Hermosa, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa holiday builder website.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jaco.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Spas

1
night
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the galleries of Tico Pod Art House & Gifts, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then explore by horseback at Vista Los Suenos Horseback Riding.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Jaco visit site.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Santa Teresa to Jaco in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors · Trails · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Matapalo. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Farmers Fair (Ferias del Agricultor), then kick back and relax at Playa Espadilla Norte, and then look for gifts at Jaime Peligro Book & CD Shop.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

1
night
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.
Plan a trip to Monteverde easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, then hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, then browse the exhibits of Wood & Art Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

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.