10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Ferry
4
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive
5
Playa Flamingo
— 1 night
Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Calgary International Airport

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Onirica Art Gallery and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Chollin.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip builder tool.

Calgary, Canada to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Monteverde

— 2 nights
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 20th (Mon), snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Curi Cancha Reserve.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde trip planning app.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Wildlife

Manuel Antonio

— 2 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 21st (Tue), stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then stop by Super Joseth.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Santa Teresa

— 1 night
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 23rd (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa trip site.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa by ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Playa Flamingo

— 1 night

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
On the 24th (Fri), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then look for gifts at Lis Umana Beachwear.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Playa Flamingo trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Flamingo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

4.4
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.