10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: La Fortuna de San Carlos
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
End: La Fortuna de San Carlos

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Monteverde trip itinerary website .

La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Zipline
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

1
night
Tamarindo

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 29th (Sun): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach and then get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Tamarindo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in April, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Poas Volcano National Park.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Bolas Locas Mini Golf ©
Bolas Locas Mini Golf

1
night
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): look for gifts at Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Poas Volcano National Park holiday builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Poas Volcano National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April, Poas Volcano National Park is a bit cooler than Tamarindo - with highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

2
nights
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.
On the 1st (Tue), stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Kids Saving the Rain Forest and then get a dose of the wild on MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. In May in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Kids Saving the Rain Forest
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Spas & Wellness

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, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the exciting artwork at Wood & Art Gallery, hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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