10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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Playa Samara
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Bus
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Gulf of Papagayo
— 3 nights
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Los Angeles International Airport

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Butterfly Conservatory and Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. Step out of the city life by going to Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planning tool.

Los Angeles, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to La Fortuna de San Carlos due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.
On the 19th (Wed), stop by Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Monteverde trip planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Koss Art Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Monteverde to Playa Samara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Tamarindo

— 2 nights
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): stop by Diamante Boutique, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. On the next day, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo travel route website.

Drive from Playa Samara to Tamarindo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Gulf of Papagayo.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

Gulf of Papagayo

— 3 nights
A concerted development project by the government given Gulf of Papagayo a growing number of luxury and all inclusive resort complexes and turned it into one of the country's leading holiday destinations.
On the 23rd (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Nacascolo and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts and then stop by Souvenirs La gran Nicoya.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Gulf of Papagayo travel planner.

Getting from Tamarindo to Gulf of Papagayo by bus takes about 2 hours. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gulf of Papagayo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.