10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Uvita
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  3​h 45​min
3
Santa Teresa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Playa Hermosa
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Tamarindo
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h
End: San Jose

1
night
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 30th (Fri): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz, and then look for gifts at Beso Loco Boutique de Playa.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary builder tool .

San Jose to Manuel Antonio is an approximately 1.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Uvita.

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
Uvita

Uvita ©
Ideal for visitors looking to escape Costa Rica's busy beaches, Uvita offers a serene atmosphere and plenty of uncrowded sand for a leisurely vacation.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Uvita Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Uvita Waterfall, and then stop by Discount Liquor Wine & Cigars.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Uvita visit planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Uvita in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Uvita

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 1:
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Uvita Beach ©
Uvita Beach
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Uvita Waterfall ©
Uvita Waterfall

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then explore and take pictures at Sunrise Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, then stroll through Playa Carmen, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Teresa itinerary maker app .

Getting from Uvita to Santa Teresa by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Playa Hermosa.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Sunrise Ranch
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness
Playa Carmen ©
Playa Carmen

few
hours
Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa ©
On the 4th (Wed), kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Playa Hermosa day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Santa Teresa to Playa Hermosa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Playa Hermosa are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Playa Hermosa

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 4 — 5:
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Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): kick back and relax at Playa Avellana, then explore and take pictures at Pura Aventura, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tamarindo travel route planner.

You can drive from Playa Hermosa to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Tamarindo, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Tamarindo

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Spas & Wellness
Lydia Beech Art ©
Lydia Beech Art

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Chiquita and then kick back and relax at Playa Cocles. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, identify plant and animal life at Tree of Life Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens, and then admire the natural beauty at Finca La Isla.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca road trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Tamarindo to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Tamarindo to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tamarindo in April: highs in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Cahuita
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Playa Chiquita ©
Playa Chiquita
Playa Cocles ©
Playa Cocles

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