10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Seattle
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  14​h
1
Playa Flamingo
— 1 day
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Uvita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Jaco
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  15​h
End: Seattle

1
day
Playa Flamingo

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
On the 23rd (Tue), push the limits with an extreme tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Playa Flamingo trip planning tool .

Seattle, USA to Playa Flamingo is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

2
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 24th (Wed): ride a horse along Arenal Wilberth Stables and then relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Senderos Los Tucanes, then look for all kinds of wild species at Butterfly Conservatory, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip maker app .

Getting from Playa Flamingo to La Fortuna de San Carlos by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Outdoors Spas

Side Trip

Butterfly Conservatory
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Butterfly Conservatory ©
Butterfly Conservatory
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio journey planner .

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Uvita.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
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 27th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Ventanas, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Uvita trip planning site .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Uvita by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Uvita

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Ballena, Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
On the 29th (Mon), surround yourself with nature 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 look for gifts at Jimmy T's Provisions. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Carara National Park and then take in the exciting artwork at Tico Pod Art House & Gifts.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Jaco holiday planner.

Drive from Uvita to Jaco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaco

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Herradura, Carara National Park, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zipline
Carara National Park ©
Carara National Park

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