10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Train to Frankfurt, Fly to San Jose
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Ferry
3
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Dusseldorf

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4
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Arenal Volcano. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trek along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning app.

Dusseldorf, Germany to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Dusseldorf to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

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 17th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

Plan a Manuel Antonio trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. You will leave for Santa Teresa on the 18th (Fri).

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

1
night
Santa Teresa

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 19th (Sat), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa day trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas

2
nights
Tamarindo

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 20th (Sun): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, browse the exhibits of Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura and then stroll through Playa Avellana.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

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.