10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Toronto
Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Vara Blanca
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
Toronto

2
days
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.
Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde tour itinerary maker app .

Toronto, Canada to Monteverde is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

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Zipline
Hummingbird Gallery ©
Hummingbird Gallery

3
days
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.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, trails, wildlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, view the masterpieces at Onirica Art Gallery, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos day trip website .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park

1
day
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 22nd (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz and then stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Manuel Antonio trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in March, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Vara Blanca.

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Vara Blanca travel route website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to Vara Blanca in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March in Vara Blanca, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Tamarindo.

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

1
day
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
On the 24th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tamarindo trip planner .

Getting from Vara Blanca to Tamarindo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Vara Blanca in March, with highs in Tamarindo at 40°C and lows at 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

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Side Trip

Playa Conchal
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Bolas Locas Mini Golf ©
Bolas Locas Mini Golf

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