10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
1
Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Tamarindo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Playas del Coco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: San Jose

2
nights
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): stroll through Playa Hermosa and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Santa Teresa, then stroll through Playa Carmen, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa journey planner.

San Jose to Santa Teresa is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

1
night
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 1st (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Pura Aventura, then stop by Azul Profundo Boutique, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo trip maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Santa Teresa to Tamarindo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Tamarindo can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Playas del Coco.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Spas Shopping
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Spas & Wellness
Azul Profundo Boutique ©
Azul Profundo Boutique
Pura Aventura ©
Pura Aventura

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco, then view the masterpieces at Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Hidden Garden Art Gallery and then stroll through Playa Hermosa.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Playas del Coco trip maker website .

You can drive from Tamarindo to Playas del Coco in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. April in Playas del Coco sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playas del Coco

Outdoors Wildlife Adventure

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Santa Elena Skywalk and Monteverde Frog Pond. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, stroll through Ecological Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Orchid Garden, and look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Playas del Coco to Monteverde 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 by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden
Monteverde Frog Pond ©
Monteverde Frog Pond

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Hacienda Baru and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rainmaker Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio route builder site .

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In April in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Rainmaker Park, Hacienda Baru
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Hacienda Baru ©
Hacienda Baru
Rainmaker Park ©
Rainmaker Park
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

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