10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly + Drive:  11 h
1
Playa Flamingo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Indianapolis

2
nights
Playa Flamingo

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
When in Playa Flamingo, make a side trip to see Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, approximately Area de Conservacion Guanacaste away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal, stroll through Playa Flamingo, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and explore the activities along Potrero Beach.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Playa Flamingo day trip planning site.

Indianapolis, USA to Playa Flamingo is an approximately 11- hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Indianapolis to Playa Flamingo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands, Potrero Beach
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands

1
night
Monteverde

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 9th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Monteverde Frog Pond.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde online holiday builder.

You can drive from Playa Flamingo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife
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Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

1
night
Manuel Antonio

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 10th (Fri): find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

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Traveling by car from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos

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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, view the masterpieces at Wood & Art Gallery, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Vara Blanca

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then explore the striking landscape of Poas Volcano.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Vara Blanca online trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Poas Volcano
Highlights from your plan
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano

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