10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Playa Flamingo
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Atenas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Atenas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
End: Ottawa

2
nights
Playa Flamingo

Playa Flamingo ©
The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tamarindo Beach as well as Playa Conchal. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the geological forces at Rincon de La Vieja National Park and then trot along with Adventure Tours Hacienda Guachipelin.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Playa Flamingo trip itinerary builder app .

Ottawa, Canada to Playa Flamingo is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Playa Flamingo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Ottawa in March: high temperatures in Playa Flamingo hover around 40°C and lows are around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Atenas.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Rincon de La Vieja National Park, Adventure Tours Hacienda Guachipelin, Tamarindo Beach
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Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Adventure Tours Hacienda Guachipelin ©
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal

3
nights
Atenas

Atenas ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo as well as Poas Volcano. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Poas Volcano and then identify plant and animal life at Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Atenas online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Playa Flamingo to Atenas in 4 hours. In March, Atenas is little chillier than Playa Flamingo - with highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in Atenas

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, Poas Volcano, Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo, Irazu Volcano National Park
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Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cahuita National Park, Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica and La Ceiba. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at La Ceiba.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Viejo de Talamanca online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Atenas to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca by car takes about 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Atenas to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Atenas.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Cahuita
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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica ©
Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park

2
nights
Atenas

Atenas ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Isla de Cabuya and Tortuga Island. Step out of Atenas to go to Montezuma and see Montezuma Falls, which is approximately 3h 15 min away.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Atenas online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to Atenas takes 4.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. You'll set off for Manuel Antonio on the 29th (Thu).

Things to do in Atenas

#Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Isla de Cabuya, Montezuma Falls, Tortuga Island
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Isla de Cabuya ©
Isla de Cabuya
Montezuma Falls ©
Montezuma Falls
Tortuga Island ©
Tortuga Island

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Playa Manuel Antonio as well as Parque Nacional Marino Ballena. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): stroll through Playa Manuel Antonio and then explore the striking landscape of Parque Nacional Marino Ballena.

To find reviews and tourist information, read our Manuel Antonio online journey builder .

Drive from Atenas to Manuel Antonio in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Atenas, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Manuel Antonio, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

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