10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to Nosara
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Nosara
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ojochal
— 1 night
Drive
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Uvita
— 1 night
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 2 nights
Fly

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night
Nosara

Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll through Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, and then stroll through Sibu Wildlife Sanctuary.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nosara day trip tool.

Tampa, USA to Nosara is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Nosara

Parks · Wildlife · Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Valle Escondido Preserve, then stroll through Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle, and finally view the masterpieces at Alas y Raices.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Monteverde travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Nosara to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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nights
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.
On the 20th (Tue), walk around Parque Nahomi, then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then stroll through Rainmaker Park.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip builder website.

Getting from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ojochal.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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night
Ojochal

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): get outside with Cascada Pavon - Waterfall in Costa Rica, then kick back and relax at Playa Ventanas, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ojochal holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Ojochal takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Ojochal

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

1
night
Uvita

Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, ride a horse along Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Uvita road trip planning app.

Uvita is very close to Ojochal. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

1
night
Vara Blanca

A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Vara Blanca online travel route planner.

You can drive from Uvita to Vara Blanca in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Nature · Parks

2
nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Gray Line Costa Rica. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Toucan Rescue Ranch, and then make a short side trip with Gray Line Costa Rica.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Jose travel route tool.

Getting from Vara Blanca to San Jose by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. August in San Jose sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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.