10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  9​h 30​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

1
night
San Jose

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.
On the 12th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum and then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional).

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Jose trip planner .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Jose is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from San Juan in March, expect San Jose to be little chillier, temps between 80°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Tours, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Juan Santamaria Historical Cultural Museum
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
River Rafting & Tubing
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, then identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Conservatory, and then meet the residents at Arenal Eco Zoo.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip site .

Traveling by car from San Jose to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Spas, #Nature

Side Trip

El Castillo
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Fri), look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monteverde road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Shopping
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Souvenir Rosewood ©
Souvenir Rosewood

3
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates and Playa Hermosa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Cruz: Playa Conchal (in Playa Conchal), Playas del Coco (Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts & Lis Umana Beachwear - CLOSED) and Liberia (Souvenirs La gran Nicoya & River Rafting & Tubing).

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Santa Cruz takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in March, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Liberia, Playa Conchal, Playa Hermosa, Pura Aventura, Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates ©
Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
River Rafting & Tubing

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