10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
2
Tortuguero
— 2 nights
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
4
Monteverde
— 1 night
5
Tamarindo
— 1 night
6
Playa Samara
— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at 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: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Arenal Eco Zoo, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Baldi Hot Springs, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner.

Los Angeles, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Eco Zoo
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Baldi Hot Springs ©
Baldi Hot Springs

2
nights
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 74°F. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature · Tours
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

1
night
Manuel Antonio

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio day trip site.

You can drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

1
night
Monteverde

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 20th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde tour itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

1
night
Tamarindo

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 21st (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarindo Beach, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Kayaking & Canoeing

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nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
On the 22nd (Mon), kick back and relax at Samara Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Buena Vista, and then kick back and relax at Playa Guiones.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip builder tool.

Drive from Tamarindo to Playa Samara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Guiones
Highlights from your plan
Playa Guiones ©
Playa Guiones
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Horseback Riding Tours

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