10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Gainesville
Fly:  14​h 30​min
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  5​h 30​min
Uvita
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h
Gainesville

1
day
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.
On the 4th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, then have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

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Gainesville, USA to Playas del Coco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Gainesville in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Playas del Coco: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Wildlife

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Playa Hermosa
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Playa Hermosa
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©

1
day
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tamarindo attractions planning site .

Traveling by car from Playas del Coco to Tamarindo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in March, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uvita.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Spas

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Uvita road trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Tamarindo to Uvita in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Biesanz, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Manuel Antonio attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Uvita to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Manuel Antonio sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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Zipline
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Zipline
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs, then trek along Ecocentro Danaus, and then view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Paradise Hot Springs.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

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