10 days in Costa Rica, Leon & Los Angeles Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica, Leon & Los Angeles Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica, Leon & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
+2
Fly + shuttle + bus:  14​h
1
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
2
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Jaco, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
5
Leon, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
6
Los Angeles, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Vancouver, Canada

2
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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 17th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Monkey Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Conchal, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Avellana.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tamarindo tour planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Tamarindo is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Vancouver in May, expect Tamarindo to be warmer, temps between 39°C and 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Spas & Wellness
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana

2
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

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 19th (Sat), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Arenal Natura Ecological Park, then take in the views from Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Ecotermales Fortuna.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos route builder tool .

Drive from Tamarindo to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
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Horseback Riding Tours
Arenal Natura Ecological Park ©
Arenal Natura Ecological Park
Ecotermales Fortuna ©
Ecotermales Fortuna

few
hours
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
On the 21st (Mon), stop by Beso Loco Boutique de Playa and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Manuel Antonio travel route builder tool .

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. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Jaco.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa ©
Beso Loco Boutique de Playa

2
nights
Jaco, Costa Rica

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Jaco Beach, and then look for gifts at The Costa Rica Coffee Experience.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Jaco travel route website .

Getting from Manuel Antonio to Jaco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Leon.

Things to do in Jaco

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Jaco Beach ©
Jaco Beach

1
night
Leon, Mexico

Leon ©
León is the most populous city and municipality in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Leon sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Jaco to Leon with the Route module. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Leon

Historic Sites
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1
night
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): get curious at California Science Center, admire all the interesting features of Staples Center, and then make a trip to Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Leon to Los Angeles. Traveling from Leon to Los Angeles, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Leon in May, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Nightlife
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California Science Center ©
California Science Center
Walt Disney Concert Hall ©
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Staples Center ©
Staples Center

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