10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  9​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Nosara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Tamarindo
— 1 night
+2
bus + shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: Chicago

1
night
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.
For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio sightseeing planner.

Chicago, USA to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in March: high temperatures in Manuel Antonio hover around 80°F and lows are around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

La Playita
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
La Playita ©
La Playita

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 outdoors at Butterfly Conservatory and Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano). Explore hidden gems such as Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Los Lagos Hot Springs. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Ecocentro Danaus, take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs, identify plant and animal life at Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge, and view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker .

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 on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), Butterfly Conservatory
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): meet the residents at The Bat Jungle, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, then snap pictures at Santa Elena Skywalk, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Frog Pond.

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Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nosara.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

2
nights
Nosara

Nosara ©
Along with its agricultural and fishing heritage, Nosara stands as one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Barrigona Beach. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY, then identify plant and animal life at Nosara Refuge for Wildlife, then look for all kinds of wild species at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nosara itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to Nosara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Nosara can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Nosara

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trip

Barrigona Beach
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Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary ©
SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife

1
night
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 28th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Monkey Park, explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

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Getting from Nosara to Tamarindo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In March in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 94°F during the day and 71°F at night. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Spas & Wellness
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

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