10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  9​h
1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Playas del Coco
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h
End: Fort Lauderdale

3
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 some cultural insight at Ecological Sanctuary and Onirica Art Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Paradise Hot Springs. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), and witness a stunning natural landmark at Tabacon Hot Springs.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary site .

Fort Lauderdale, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trips

Ecological Sanctuary, Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

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 9th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To find more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In April, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

1
night
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 10th (Tue): stop by Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hacienda Baru, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Dominical
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru

2
nights
Playas del Coco

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 11th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then tour the water at your own pace with Costa Rica Sailing Center.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Playas del Coco tour planner.

Traveling by car from Uvita to Playas del Coco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 95°F in April, and nighttime lows around 73°F. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Hermosa, Playa Conchal, Costa Rica Sailing Center
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Costa Rica Sailing Center ©
Costa Rica Sailing Center

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