10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

10 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 3 nights
2
Monteverde
— 1 night
3
Manuel Antonio
— 1 night
4
Tortuguero
— 1 night
5
San Jose
— 1 night

3
nights
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get interesting insight from Tours, explore the galleries of Galeria Estudio, explore the striking landscape of Arenal Volcano, and trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Barcelona to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Monteverde

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, thenlook for gifts at Women Artisans Cooperative Santa Elena and Monteverde, and then get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monteverde attractions planner.

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Monteverde in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
The Bat Jungle ©
The Bat Jungle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll around Parque Nahomi.

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

You can drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tortuguero.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Quepos
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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
River Rafting & Tubing
Parque Nahomi ©
Parque Nahomi

1
night
Tortuguero

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Sea Turtle Conservancy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tortuguero route builder site.

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. June in Tortuguero sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Adventure
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Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): examine the collection at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, thencatch a live performance at Teatro Nacional Costa Rica, thentake an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our San Jose trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tortuguero to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Tortuguero in June, expect San Jose to be little chillier, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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Pre-Columbian Gold Museum ©
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica ©
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

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