10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica trip itinerary maker

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Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Jaco
— 1 night
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive
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Tortuguero
— 1 night
Drive
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San Jose
— 1 night
Fly

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 3 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the galleries of Onirica Art Gallery, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, and soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos travel planner.

Chicago, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

Monteverde

— 2 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 24th (Mon): look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin de Orquideas San Bosco, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Bat Jungle.

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Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
Find places to stay May 23 — 25:

Jaco

— 1 night
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.
On the 26th (Wed), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaco trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Monteverde to Jaco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Jaco

Find places to stay May 25 — 26:

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 27th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Drive from Jaco to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay May 26 — 27:

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tortuguero driving holiday app.

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In May, daily temperatures in Tortuguero can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay May 27 — 28:
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San Jose

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tortuguero in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Jose, with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Find places to stay May 28 — 29:
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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.