10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: London
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  19​h 15​min
1
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Quepos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Monteverde
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get outside with Crazy Alex CR and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, kick back and relax at Playa Nacascolo, and then view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Playas del Coco trip itinerary builder site .

London, UK to Playas del Coco is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Playas del Coco. In April, Playas del Coco is much warmer than London - with highs of 41°C and lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Hidden Garden Art Gallery, Playa Nacascolo
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Playa Nacascolo ©
Playa Nacascolo
Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery ©
Hidden Garden Art Gallery

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Butterfly Conservatory and Paradise Hot Springs. Get in touch with nature at Arenal Natura Ecological Park and Venado Caves. Change things up with a short trip to Arenal Eco Zoo in El Castillo (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano), witness a stunning natural landmark at Los Lagos Hot Springs, shop like a local with Wood & Art Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery.

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Getting from Playas del Coco to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Quepos.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park
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Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Paradise Hot Springs ©
Paradise Hot Springs

3
nights
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Escape the urban bustle at Palo Seco Beach and Naturalist Michael Araya Flores. Explore hidden gems such as Parque Reptilandia and Playa Matapalo.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Quepos holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Quepos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. May in Quepos sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Monteverde.

Things to do in Quepos

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Palo Seco Beach, Parque Reptilandia
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Parque Reptilandia ©
Parque Reptilandia
Palo Seco Beach ©
Palo Seco Beach
Playa Matapalo ©
Playa Matapalo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ecological Sanctuary, then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Theme Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Wildlife Refuge.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and shuttle from Quepos to Monteverde takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Ecological Sanctuary ©
Ecological Sanctuary

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