10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Orlando
Fly:  11​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
San Jose
— 2 nights
bus + Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
Orlando

1
day
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Con Mucho Gusto, stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and then stroll through Tamarindo Beach.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo road trip planning website .

Orlando, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Orlando in February, things will get a bit warmer in Tamarindo: highs are around 93°F and lows about 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Azul Profundo Boutique ©
Azul Profundo Boutique

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, then take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum (Museo Nacional), and finally look for gifts at Chieton Moren. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Precolumbian Gold Museum, get engrossed in the history at Jade Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles).

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose road trip planning website .

Fly from Tamarindo to San Jose in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tamarindo in February: high temperatures in San Jose hover around 79°F and lows are around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

#Museums, #Shopping, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Our Lady of the Angels Basilica (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles)
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Precolumbian Gold Museum ©
Precolumbian Gold Museum
National Museum (Museo Nacional) ©
National Museum (Museo Nacional)

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 27th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz and then kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then explore the stunning scenery at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio itinerary planner.

Getting from San Jose to Manuel Antonio by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. February in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

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

3
days
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 in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Baldi Hot Springs. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos road trip planner .

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 4th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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