10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica itinerary planner

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Fly to Juan Santamaría International Airport, Drive to Vara Blanca
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Vara Blanca
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly

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Vara Blanca

— 1 night
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 26th (Fri), get a taste of local nightlife at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tirimbina Biological Reserve.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca road trip website.

Toronto, Canada to Vara Blanca is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Vara Blanca is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Nightlife

Side Trips

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, and stroll through La Fortuna Waterfall.

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Getting from Vara Blanca to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 3rd (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

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Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Tortuguero are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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 4th (Thu): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

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 5th (Fri), stop by Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Curi Cancha Reserve, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach.

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Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.5
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.