10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Jacksonville
Fly:  14​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  3​h 15​min
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Herradura
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 15​min
Jacksonville

2
days
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 4th (Mon): choose your vessel at Costa Rica Sailing Center, get outside with Los Piratas de Flamingo, and then stroll through Playa Conchal. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana, then look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and then explore and take pictures at Kingpin Sportfishing.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tamarindo trip builder tool

Jacksonville, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jacksonville to Tamarindo. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Jacksonville in December; daily highs in Tamarindo reach 90°F and lows reach 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Costa Rica Sailing Center, Los Piratas de Flamingo
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Costa Rica Sailing Center ©
Costa Rica Sailing Center
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

1
day
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
On the 6th (Wed), get outside with Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena, kick back and relax at Uvita Beach, then stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita holiday planner

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Tamarindo to Uvita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Parque Nacional Marino Bahia Ballena ©

2
days
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.
On the 7th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. Here are some ideas for day two: get a tailor-made plan with Mulguri Adventure, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Espadilla Norte, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio itinerary maker website

Getting from Uvita to Manuel Antonio by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Herradura.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte
Mulguri Adventure ©
Mulguri Adventure
Spas & Wellness

1
day
Herradura

Herradura ©
On the 9th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, tee off at La Iguana Golf Course, and then play a few rounds at Tee Times Costa Rica.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Herradura trip planner

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Herradura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Herradura

#Outdoors, #Golf, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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La Iguana Golf Course ©
La Iguana Golf Course
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tee Times Costa Rica ©
Tee Times Costa Rica

1
day
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.
On the 10th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Wood and Art Gallery, witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs, and then admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planner

You can drive from Herradura to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Eco Zoo, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano) ©
Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)

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