10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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

— 2 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jade Museum, Poas Volcano, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Jose attractions planner.

Dallas, USA to San Jose is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Dallas in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in San Jose: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 65°F at night. You will leave for La Fortuna de San Carlos on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in San Jose

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 1 night
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Proyecto Asis, Tabacon Hot Springs, Rio Chollin, and other attractions you added. On the 27th (Mon), contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, stroll through Butterfly Conservatory, then take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, then relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, and finally take in the natural beauty of Rio Chollin.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online trip itinerary builder.

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 · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Monteverde

— 1 night
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery, Monteverde Orchid Garden, Sky Adventures Monteverde Park, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Adventure

Tamarindo

— 1 night
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Xplore Costa Rica as well as Blue Dolphin Sailing. On the 1st (Wed), get a new perspective on things with Blue Dolphin Sailing.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

San Jose

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Teatro Nacional Costa Rica. On the 2nd (Thu), catch a live performance at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica.

Start your trip to San Jose by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Tamarindo to San Jose by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a shuttle. On the 3rd (Fri), you're off to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Nightlife · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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 3rd (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

Before you visit Manuel Antonio, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will leave for Quepos on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Quepos

The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Matapalo.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Quepos trip itinerary maker.

Quepos is very close to Manuel Antonio. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to San Jose.

Things to do in Quepos

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

San Jose

— 1 night
For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner.

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

Historic Sites

Costa Rica travel guide

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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.