10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
San Jose
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
shuttle:  5​h
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
shuttle:  3​h
4
San Jose
— 1 night
bus:  4​h 30​min
5
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 30​min
6
San Jose
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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.
For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Jose travel route planning website .

San Francisco, USA to San Jose is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in February; daily highs in San Jose reach 79°F and lows reach 65°F. On the 16th (Fri), you're off toManuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the next day, see MidWorld Costa Rica and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary maker website .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

2
nights
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 18th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

Plan trip to La Fortuna de San Carlos with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to San Jose.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Jose online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping Museums
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Luluberlu Art Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens and Puerto Viejo Beach. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Cahuita National Park.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip planner .

You can drive from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Jose to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Jose in February since evenings lows in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca dip to 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Puerto Viejo Beach ©
Puerto Viejo Beach

1
night
San Jose

San Jose
To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Jose trip planning website .

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Jose when traveling from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in February, with lows around 65°F. You will leave for home on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in San Jose

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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