10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip planner

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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
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Monteverde
— 3 nights
Taxi to Atenas, Fly to Seattle

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos route builder site.

Seattle, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Seattle to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Tortuguero

— 1 night

Costa Rica's Amazon

One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Tortuguero National Park.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tortuguero trip itinerary builder.

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tortuguero in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks · Nature
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Highlights from your trip

Manuel Antonio

— 1 night
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 20th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Manuel Antonio and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure
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Monteverde

— 3 nights
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 21st (Thu): stroll through Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch some excitement at El Trapiche Tour and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Monteverde day trip tool.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Fun & Games
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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.