10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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San Jose
— 3 nights
Fly
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Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and Lake Arenal. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, stroll through Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, and get impressive views of Arenal Volcano.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos visit planner.

Minneapolis, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trip

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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.
Visit Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and Santiago Apostol Parish Ruins for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and Ruins of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz (in Vara Blanca). It doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in San Jose sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in San Jose

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

1
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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get a taste of life in the country at Pura Aventura and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, then explore the galleries of Lydia Beech Art Boutique, and then stroll through Playa Conchal.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tamarindo itinerary builder site.

Fly from San Jose to Tamarindo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side 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.