10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  11​h 45​min
Playa Hermosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
Santa Teresa
— 1 night
ferry:  4​h
Manuel Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
+3
bus + foot + bus + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Detroit

2
nights
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
On the 27th (Tue), meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience and then kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Playa Hermosa road trip website .

Detroit, USA to Playa Hermosa is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Detroit in November, things will get warmer in Playa Hermosa: highs are around 88°F and lows about 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Shark Diving
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Shark Diving

2
nights
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 28th (Wed), explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, then look for gifts at EK Art Jewelry, then look for gifts at Papaya Con Leche, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then kick back and relax at Playa Avellana.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo day trip planning website .

You can drive from Playa Hermosa to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Tamarindo are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Beaches

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Spas & Wellness
EK Art Jewelry ©
EK Art Jewelry

1
night
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 30th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa attractions planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tamarindo to Santa Teresa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for the ferry ride to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Playa Biesanz, and then stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Santa Teresa to Manuel Antonio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Manuel Antonio can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
Spas & Wellness
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

1
night
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca ©
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca when traveling from Manuel Antonio in December, with lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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