10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  13​h 45​min
Liberia
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  1​h
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Monteverde
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  14​h
End: New York City

2
nights
Liberia

Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): look for gifts at Souvenir Ocarina, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then admire the sheer force of Llanos de Cortez Waterfall, and finally look for gifts at Souvenirs La gran Nicoya.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Liberia itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Liberia is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Liberia is minus 1 hour. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from New York City in January: high temperatures in Liberia hover around 91°F and lows are around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Liberia

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure

Side Trip

Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall ©
Llanos de Cortez Waterfall
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya ©
Souvenirs La gran Nicoya

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 7th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and finally stop by Diamante Boutique.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Liberia to Tamarindo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Beaches

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

1
night
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz itinerary planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Santa Cruz in an hour. January in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

#Theme Parks
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Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Ecocentro Danaus, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

1
night
Monteverde

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 12th (Fri): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), then admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and finally take in the views from Santa Elena Skywalk. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at The Bat Jungle and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde travel planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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