10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Durham
Fly:  10​h 30​min
Poas Volcano National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Monteverde
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  13​h 30​min
Durham

1
day
Poas Volcano National Park

Poas Volcano National Park
For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Poas Volcano National Park road trip planning tool .

Durham, USA to Poas Volcano National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Durham in May, Poas Volcano National Park is a bit warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Poas Volcano National Park

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Metal Church
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Metal Church ©
Metal Church

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 28th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then stroll through MidWorld Costa Rica.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Poas Volcano National Park to Manuel Antonio in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Adventure, #Outdoors, #Tours
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MidWorld Costa Rica ©
MidWorld Costa Rica
Spas & Wellness

3
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: take in the natural beauty of Tabacon Hot Springs, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, trek along Ecocentro Danaus, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
days
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 1st (Fri), look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Hummingbird Gallery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Monteverde road trip site .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

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