10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Fly
1
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly
2
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
3
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Playa Panamá, Fly to Minneapolis

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nights
Tamarindo

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 19th (Wed): stroll through Playa Avellana.

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Minneapolis, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museo Nacional De Costa Rica, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and then stop by Chocolatería Sibú. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario Nacional Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Traveling by flight from Tamarindo to San Jose takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. July in San Jose sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Super Joseth, then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, and then stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio driving holiday planner.

You can drive from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 3 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Shopping · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

2
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tabacon Hot Springs and La Fortuna Waterfall. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arenal Volcano and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Spas · Tours

Side Trip

Costa Rica travel guide

4.3
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.