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
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Drive
3
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
4
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
5
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Taxi
6
Quepos
— Few hours
Drive
7
San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly

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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 25th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read San Jose trip planning app.

Dallas, USA to San Jose is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas in February, you will find days in San Jose are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are much warmer (65°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, and then stroll through Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife

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.
On the 28th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Elena Skywalk, take in the exciting artwork at Art House, and then stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Monteverde road trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Monteverde

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Museums

1
night
San Jose

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose attractions planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. You'll set off for Manuel Antonio on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

1
night
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 2nd (Thu): look for gifts at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Quepos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Shopping

few
hours
Quepos

The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Quepos route builder website.

Quepos is just a stone's throw from Manuel Antonio. You will leave for San Jose on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

2
nights
San Jose

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Metropolitan Church (Catedral Metropolitana).

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Jose road trip planning site.

You can drive from Quepos to San Jose in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.