10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Shuttle
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
6
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly

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1
night
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.
To find out how to plan a trip to San Jose, use our trip itinerary maker.

Atlanta, USA to San Jose is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Atlanta to San Jose. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Atlanta in July: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 80°F and lows are around 67°F. On the 4th (Thu), you're off to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get to know the resident critters at Arenal Eco Zoo, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary website.

Getting from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos by shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

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.
You've now added Selvatura Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): whizz through the canopy at Selvatura Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, then wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura, and then stroll through Playa Avellana.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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.
On the 8th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Manuel Antonio takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

1
night
San Jose

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Jose online journey planner.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

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.

Arenal Volcano National Park travel guide

4.3
Hot Springs · Waterfalls · River Rafting & Tubing
Plan a tour of Arenal Volcano National Park to get in touch with nature, enjoy scenic views, and admire the majestic volcano up close. The park, established in 1991, protects a variety of ecosystems and wildlife. You can choose from four hiking trails, taking you across the rainforest and lava fields. Enjoy scenic lookout points, see a staggering variety of birds and plants, or climb the dormant Mount Chato on your trip to Arenal Volcano National Park.