10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Ottawa
+3
Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  12​h
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + train:  9​h 15​min
Ottawa

2
days
Tamarindo

Tamarindo ©
Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Bolas Locas Mini Golf and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Conchal. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Tamarindo Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Tamarindo route planning website .

Ottawa, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Ottawa in December, expect Tamarindo to be much warmer, temps between 38°C and 24°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Monteverde vacation planner.

Drive from Tamarindo to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

#Parks, #Wildlife
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4
days
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.
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 float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos online holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
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