10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Drive to Playa Flamingo
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Playa Flamingo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vara Blanca
— 2 nights
Drive to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Fly to Indianapolis International Airport

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Playa Flamingo

White Beach

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. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, see Playa Flamingo, and tee off at Garra de Leon Golf Course.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Playa Flamingo tour builder app.

Indianapolis, USA to Playa Flamingo is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Indianapolis to Playa Flamingo due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and then stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde vacation maker website.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife

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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 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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Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 · Beaches · Parks · Adventure

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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: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning tool.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

2
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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.
On the 14th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca road trip site.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Vara Blanca in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You will leave for home on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Vara Blanca

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.