10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  11​h 45​min
1
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Uvita
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Playas del Coco

A long-established beach community, Playas del Coco has developed a reputation as a favored spot for young travelers and locals to let loose by the sea.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the exciting artwork at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip website .

Washington DC, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Playas del Coco. Traveling from Washington DC in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 74°F in Playas del Coco. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trip

Playa Hermosa
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Shark Diving
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecocentro Danaus and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos sightseeing tool .

Drive from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Uvita.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Spas

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Ecocentro Danaus ©
Ecocentro Danaus
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru, identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then look for gifts at Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, and finally stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then kick back and relax at Uvita Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Uvita road trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Uvita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominical
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

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.
On the 8th (Fri), take a memorable tour with Tours and then shop like a local with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then stroll through Playa Biesanz.

To see ratings and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip planner .

You can drive from Uvita to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. June in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Meli Melo Boutique
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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