10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad
Fly + Drive:  32 h
1
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h
4
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  33 h
End: Hyderabad

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 26th (Thu), stroll through Tamarindo Beach. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Conchal and then look for gifts at Urban Eclectic Jewelry.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planner.

Hyderabad, India to Tamarindo is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Hyderabad to Tamarindo. Traveling from Hyderabad in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in Tamarindo, with lows of 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Urban Eclectic Jewelry ©
Urban Eclectic Jewelry

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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.
On the 28th (Sat), stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then browse the exhibits of Arte Jaguar Gallery.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Monteverde using our trip planner.

You can drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Arte Jaguar Gallery ©
Arte Jaguar Gallery

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Parque Nahomi
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

1
night
San Jose

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): look for gifts at Biesanz Woodworks, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Lincoln Plaza.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Jose holiday tool .

Traveling by bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in San Jose are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Biesanz Woodworks
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Biesanz Woodworks ©
Biesanz Woodworks
Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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 31st (Tue): view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Estudio, then take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and finally look for gifts at Souvenir Leo. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery and then relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online vacation planner .

You can drive from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
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La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

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