10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Liberia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Playa Samara
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Denver

1
night
Liberia

Liberia
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Liberia trip itinerary planner .

Denver, USA to Liberia is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Liberia is 1 hour. Traveling from Denver in December, expect Liberia to be much warmer, temps between 90°F and 70°F. You'll set off for San Jose on the 26th (Wed).

Things to do in Liberia

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

1
night
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 26th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co..

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Liberia to San Jose in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Liberia, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Jose, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

#Breweries, #Tours, #Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co. ©
Costa Rica's Craft Brewing Co.

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then take in the dramatic scenery at Mulguri Adventure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Espadilla Norte, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio vacation planner.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Espadilla Norte
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Playa Espadilla Norte ©
Playa Espadilla Norte

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): soothe aching muscles at Tabacon Hot Springs and then trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the natural beauty of Paradise Hot Springs.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos itinerary builder app .

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. On the 31st (Mon), you're off toPlaya Samara.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Spas
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 31:
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

2
nights
Playa Samara

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Belen Waterfall. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Samara Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones), and then take in the exciting artwork at MAEL's ABSTRACT ART GALLERY.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Playa Samara trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Playa Samara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Playa Samara can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Nosara
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones) ©
Nosara Beach (Playa Guiones)
Werner Sauter Biological Reserve ©
Werner Sauter Biological Reserve

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