10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monteverde
— 2 nights
5
Tamarindo
— Few hours
Fly:  28​h
End: Mumbai

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): stop by Chieton Moren, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Namu, and then hunt for treasures at Central Market (Mercado Central).

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip builder .

Mumbai, India to San Jose is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 11 hours. In April, San Jose is little chillier than Mumbai - with highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping Museums
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Galeria Namu ©
Galeria Namu
Chieton Moren ©
Chieton Moren
Central Market (Mercado Central) ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices, then stop by Super Joseth, and then kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio and then look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from San Jose to Manuel Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Manuel Antonio, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can 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
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

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.
On the 5th (Thu), take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs and then hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Onirica Art Gallery, admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Leo.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos online visit 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Spas
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Souvenir Leo ©
Souvenir Leo

2
nights
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.
On the 7th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at The Bat Jungle, then look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Monteverde trip website .

Drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery ©
Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

few
hours
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 8th (Sun), look for gifts at Azul Profundo Boutique, enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach, and then stop by EK Art Jewelry.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tamarindo trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
EK Art Jewelry ©
EK Art Jewelry
Azul Profundo Boutique ©
Azul Profundo Boutique

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