10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: New York City
+3
bus + Fly + shuttle + bus:  10​h 15​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Vara Blanca
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+3
shuttle + bus + Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, and then stroll through Playa Avellana.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Tamarindo trip app .

New York City, USA to Tamarindo is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from New York City in April, with highs in Tamarindo at 95°F and lows at 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
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Playa Conchal

1
night
Vara Blanca

Vara Blanca ©
A vacation in Vara Blanca, located in the heart of Costa Rica, offers excellent access to a number of attractions across the area.
On the 10th (Tue), stop by Souvenir Muy Tranquilo and then admire the sheer force of La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca tour itinerary app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Tamarindo to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In April, Vara Blanca is little chillier than Tamarindo - with highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Vara Blanca

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

Side Trip

Souvenir Muy Tranquilo
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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo ©
Souvenir Muy Tranquilo

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.
On the 11th (Wed), stroll through Playa Biesanz and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and then take in breathtaking views at MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio online attractions planner .

Getting from Vara Blanca to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica

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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Baldi Hot Springs. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, hike along Ecocentro Danaus, admire the natural beauty at Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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