10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Jose
Drive:  3 h
1
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Jaco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Puntarenas
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Liberia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
End: San Jose

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.
Manuel Antonio is known for beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Playa Biesanz, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip website.

San Jose to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park ©
Manuel Antonio National Park
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach, and then take in the views from Tarcoles Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, thendon't miss a visit to Mirador de Jaco, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Jaco online holiday planner.

Drive from Manuel Antonio to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Puntarenas.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Tarcoles Bridge
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Zipline
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

1
night
Puntarenas

Puntarenas ©
A major port city with a busy fish market, for most tourists Puntarenas represents little more than the launching point for ferries heading to the pleasant beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): head outdoors with Superman De Osa, take in the views from Guacimal River Bridge 2, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Puntarenas day trip app.

You can drive from Jaco to Puntarenas in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Liberia.

Things to do in Puntarenas

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Superman De Osa ©
Superman De Osa
Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa ©
Macaw Sanctuary Natuwa
Guacimal River Bridge 2 ©
Guacimal River Bridge 2

4
nights
Liberia

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Liberia: Las Aves de Tierras Altas (in Bijagua de Upala), Rio Celeste (in Tenorio Volcano National Park) and Shark Diving (in Playas del Coco). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park, admire the sheer force of Cataratas Llanos de Cortes, view the masterpieces at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Liberia tour itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Puntarenas to Liberia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Las Aves de Tierras Altas, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Rio Celeste, Cataratas Llanos de Cortes, Playa Hermosa
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Tio Leo Coffee Tour ©
Tio Leo Coffee Tour
Rio Celeste ©
Rio Celeste
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park

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